Pat Miletich, the sport’s first welterweight champion, has been removed from his commentary role with the MMA promotion Legacy Fight Alliance.
The UFC Hall of Famer announced via his Instagram that he has been fired for his actions at the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Miletich appeared in videos on numerous social media outlets.
Miletich, a decorated coach, has been a color commentator for MMA events such as LFA for more than a decade since his retirement from fighting.
“First and foremost, the LFA supports the participation of the constitutional right to peaceful protest,” Legacy Fight Alliance said in a statement. “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. 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.”
“I want you guys to know that the people I walked with at the Capitol, none of them that I know of were involved in any of the violence,” Miletich said on his Instagram page, which has since been made private.
The Legacy Fight Alliance has a broadcast partnership with AXS TV. Prior to working for that group, Miletich had been a part of Showtime’s broadcasts of Strikeforce MMA as well as MMA Live on ESPN and a personality on UFC Fight Pass.