UFC Hall of Famer and former champion Pat Miletich won’t be appearing on Friday night’s LFA 97 broadcast in a commentary position after attending the January 6th protests at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., USA.
Per a statement from LFA obtained by MMA Fighting, Miletich was pulled from his commentary spot as LFA looks into his involvement at the protest.
Miletich joined thousands of pro-Trump protesters last week at Capitol Hill to protest the certification of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election results. The protest turned into a violent riot after the front lines of a mob overpowered police and worked their way into Capitol Hill, causing a lockdown within the building.
“During preparations for the 2021 debut broadcast, it was brought to the LFA’s attention that photos of questionable nature surfaced on various social media outlets involving fight analyst Pat Miletich,” said LFA in a statement posted by MMA Fighting. “While the LFA continues to investigate the situation, the decision was made to remove Mr. Miletich from broadcast duties for this Friday’s LFA 97 event.”
Miletich announced his removal from commentary on Instagram on Tuesday, although his statement made people believe his absence from the position was permanent.
“The LFA was getting a lot of pressure and unfortunately felt like they needed to distance themselves from me,” said Miletich in a video he posted on Instagram. Miletich went on to say he plans to focus “full time” on selling his product “black oxygen.”
Miletich has been vocal about attending Captiol Hill on January 6th. The former UFC 170-pound champ posted numerous photos of himself at the event on Facebook and Instagram.
The riot resulted in five deaths, including police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died “due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” per a statement from Capitol Police. Miletich distanced himself from the violence at the protest, claiming he didn’t see any violence from where he was.
“The people that I walked with at the Capitol – none of them that I know of were involved with any of the violence,” said Miletich.
Miletich had previously deflected the violence at far-left group Antifa, falsely claiming that their presence influenced violence.
“[There was] Zero violence until Antifa was allowed in the back door,” said Miletich on Instagram.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has denied this claim, saying they “have no indication of” Antifa’s presence at the Capitol.
The protests on Capitol Hill came after a “Save America” rally in Washington. The event included an appearance from U.S. President Donald Trump. The purpose of the protest was to continue to push for an overturning of the 2020 U.S. Election results.
The results, a victory for democrat Joe Biden with 306 votes in the electoral college, were denied by Trump and his supporters with claims of voter fraud – something Trump’s team have failed to prove in 62 lawsuits they have filed following the election’s outcome.
The certification of the 2020 U.S. Election results were stalled due to the insurrection on January 6th, although it was resumed later in the night and confirmed by the morning of January 7th.