Apparel maker Hayabusa will not market GSP's UFC 158 gi due to controversy over Rising Sun iconography

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Hayabusa has released a statement announcing that they will not be marketing the gi that UFC Welterweight champion GSP wore into the Octagon at UFC 158 due to the offensive Rising Sun imagery featured on the gi which is associated with Japan's World War II era regime.

Following the public letter from UFC Featherweight star Chan Sung Jung, aka "The Korean Zombie," protesting the use of the Rising Sun icon on Georges St. Pierre's UFC 158 walk out gi, apparel maker Hayabusa has released their own statement on Facebook:

Since Georges St-Pierre wore our walkout gi at UFC 158 we have received attention surrounding the negative connotation of the rising sun graphic used. The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products.

We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously.

The gi worn by GSP will not be brought to market. In addition, we will be very conscious of this specific design element when developing future communication materials and products.

Please accept our sincerest apology for any offence this has caused. If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss it with us at customerservice@hayabusafightwear.com. One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

Sincerely,

Craig Clement
Co-President
Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.

GSP also apologized on his Facebook page:

Georges St-Pierre 8 minutes ago ·

  • I'd like to also personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention.
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