The UFC has launched an investigation into conspiracy principle markings on the gear of certainly one of its cutmen.
Don Home, a longtime UFC cutman and boxing coach, wore patches on his arm and chest throughout UFC Battle Evening on Saturday in Las Vegas. The patches referenced the perimeter web conspiracy principle QAnon. They could possibly be seen on the occasion broadcast whereas Home was engaged on fighter Curtis Blaydes‘ cuts within the nook between rounds of the primary occasion.
“This was a violation of our employees occasion outfitting coverage and the matter shall be completely investigated,” the UFC mentioned in an announcement to ESPN.
Sources conversant in the state of affairs advised ESPN that Home didn’t ask for approval from the UFC to put on the patches and the promotion was unaware of the markings till pictures surfaced on social media Monday.
Sources mentioned the UFC doesn’t endorse the emotions expressed by the patches.
Home advised MMAFighting.com that he regrets carrying the QAnon insignias and that he does not consider within the group’s conspiracy theories and hopes he did not trigger the UFC any “embarrassment.”
“All of the conspiracy, all of the stuff they are saying in regards to the group, I’ve bought nothing to do with that,” Home advised MMAFighting.com. “I identical to the message: The place we go one, we go all.”
QAnon is a principle born on web boards that claims there’s a shadowy “deep state” coup deliberate towards President Donald Trump, in addition to a widespread human trafficking ring led by “world elites.” There isn’t any proof to again any of the claims.
In Could 2019, an FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix discipline workplace obtained by Yahoo Information talked about QAnon as one of many conspiracy theories thought-about a rising risk for home terrorism.
Home’s patches weren’t the primary time that QAnon has permeated the MMA house. Final week, a flag with the letter Q was noticed on the roof of Jackson Wink MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The gymnasium is dwelling to UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones and former ladies’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm.
The picture of the flag was noticed by Albuquerque metropolis councilor Pat Davis, who tweeted a picture of it on June 16.
In a tweet later that day, Jackson Wink MMA spokesperson James Hallinan wrote that an “unknown particular person defaced the roof” of the gymnasium.
“We instantly eliminated it & denounce hate/alt-right teams,” Hallinan wrote. “We equally denounce these falsely portraying our extraordinarily numerous & accepting mma gymnasium for their very own shameful politics and agendas.”