Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Bryce Mitchell carried a Bible to the center of the ring and proclaimed the name of Jesus over Satan after his hand was raised in victory against Dan Ige at UFC Vegas 79.
Mitchell received a unanimous decision from the judges after their fight went the full three rounds.
The defeated Ige, a native of Haleiwa, Hawaii, congratulated Mitchell and started to make his way out of the ring when Mitchell grabbed his Bible and told Ige to stay with him during his post-fight interview so that he could pray for Ige’s home state.
In August, Hawaii suffered from wildfires that killed over 95 people, destroyed thousands of homes, and scorched over 17,000 acres, causing an estimated $5.5 billion in damage.
Former UFC middleweight champion turned ringside commentator Michael Bisping asked Mitchell to talk him through the fight and how he felt.
Mitchell gave a brief answer and then quickly explained why he was holding his Bible.
“He’s the hardest hitter have ever fought. I didn’t expect him to be so fast and move so well. And his grappling defensive is so good too,” Mitchell said.
Mitchel continued, “I brought this Bible in here tonight because I do believe Satan has taken over this earth.”
Mitchell explained that he was specifically referring to the fires in Hawaii and that he would be personally donating $5,000 to Ige so that he could give it to the people in Hawaii. “I know he lost friends and they’ve lost their homes, and I love these people with all my heart,” Mitchell said.
“We have to show Satan that he can do nothing through the power of Christ when we come together,” Mitchell continued.