Georges St-Pierre apologizes for controversial UFC 158 logo

March 25, 2013


Georges St-Pierre apologizes for controversial UFC 158 logo

There was abit of controversy that Georges St-Pierre and Hayabusa did not expect last week during the champions walk to the octagon at UFC  158.

UFC featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung was “shocked” to see UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre make his way to the Octagon for his UFC 158 bout wearing a Hayabusa-sponsored gi that featured the Japanese “Rising Sun” symbol, which is a symbol that many Koreans deem offensive and disrespectful.

Both Hayabusa and GSP’s camp made seperate apologies via their social networks:

  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 One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.


    Craig Clement
    Hayabusa Fightwear Inc.

St-Pierre’s camp released this statement via Facebook:  “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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