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Combat Night, American Top Team renounce affiliation with package bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc

Combat Night has renounced any affiliation with Cesar Sayov, the man arrested in connection to a series of package bombs that have been sent to top Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump.

The MMA promotion, which was partly owned by the late UFC fighter Josh Samman and now owned by Mitchell Chamale, was recently seen in national news along with well-known MMA gym American Top Team. Both their logos, accompanied by many pro-Trump and anti-Democrat stickers, were seen on the van of 56-year-old Sayoc, who is suspected to have ties with the package bombs.

According to CBS News, Sayoc was arrested by the FBI on Friday morning in Plantation, Fla., after his fingerprint was found on the envelope that contained a bomb sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. The suspect has been charged with interstate transport of explosives, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and other persons, threatening interstate commerce, and assaulting current and former federal officers. He’s currently in custody and potentially facing 58 years in prison. The investigation is still ongoing.

Below is Combat Night’s full statement sent to MMA Fighting:

Combat Night is not in any way affiliated with the individual arrested today in connection with this week’s terrorist acts. Combat Night absolutely disavows any political violence or threats of violence. We are an apolitical organization that supports MMA athletes and our local communities. We are relieved and pleased to hear that our remarkable law enforcement agencies were able to quickly apprehend the suspect without further incident.

We have held over 100 events across the state of Florida so we have a ton of fans. It is unfortunate that one of our fans is affiliated with this but they are in no way associated with Combat Night and he has never fought or worked for us.

American Top Team owner Dan Lambert also renounced affiliation with Sayoc according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. Lambert said Sayoc was not a member of American Top Team.

“Nobody knows him,” Lambert told Helwani. “I called around. Not in the membership database either.”

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