Bomb Suspect’s Van Sports American Top Team, Combat Night Stickers
One of the top news stories in the U.S. revolves around a Florida man arrested in connection to a series of package bombs, and now an MMA gym and MMA promotion have found themselves stuck to the situation.
Cesar Sayov is accused of sending the package bombs to top members of the Democratic Party and various critics of U.S. President Donald Trump. The FBI says his fingerprint was found on one sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
As part of the investigation, Sayov’s van was seized. Images of the van saw it covered with pro-Trump and anti-Democratic stickers, but it also featured stickers of the American Top Team MMA gym and Combat Night MMA promotion.
Sayov’s charges include 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.
Combat Night, which was owned by the late MMA fighter Josh Samman and now owned by Mitchell Chamale, released the following statement 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.
Meanwhile, when reached out to by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, American Top Team founder and owner Dan Lambert stated that no one in the gym knows him and his name hasn’t appeared in any gym databases.
The van that reportedly belongs to the recent package bomber has an American Top Team logo on it. ATT founder and owner Dan Lambert tells me he has no idea who the suspect is. “Nobody knows him,” Lambert said. “I called around. Not in the membership database either.” pic.twitter.com/19ZGvygcTX
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) October 26, 2018
Fighters who train with American Top Team include UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes, former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and interim UFC Welterweight Champion Colby Covington.
Original Story: MMA Fighting