A UFC fighter nicknamed 'Thug Nasty' pushed a wild conspiracy that coronavirus was made by the US government in a lab so it could 'take our guns'

  • Bryce Mitchell, a 25-year-old UFC featherweight, said there's people making good money out of the coronavirus.
  • In a wild interview with MMA Junkie, Mitchell said he thinks the coronavirus is made by the government so it can infect its population and create chaos.
  • Going deeper down the rabbit hole, he added that it could all be a ploy to take people's guns away from them.
  • "It wouldn't surprise me if a show went down," he said. "I'm talking about everybody shooting everybody."
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A 25-year-old UFC fighter nicknamed "Thug Nasty" blames "the government" for the coronavirus and thinks it's all a ploy to take guns away from the American people.

Bryce Mitchell, who is not a doctor and has no scientific training, but is an unbeaten Arkansas featherweight in the UFC with nine submission wins, in a wild interview with MMA Junkie pushed — without evidence — the claim that the US government created the virus.

"I think the coronavirus was made by the government," he told MMA Junkie. "I think the good government made the damn virus. I think that they infected the people on purpose to cause some type of chaos. There's some people making good money and stuff."

The coronavirus has slowed worldwide society, with the planet's most popular sports leagues and events suspending operations, and non-essential businesses closing in multiple major cities in the US and beyond. Several countries in Europe are now on full lockdown.

With 143,025 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the United States is currently the epicenter of the coronavirus, a disease which has infected 723,740 people worldwide as of Monday, killing 34,018.

But Mitchell said the government shouldn't be able to tell businesses what to do as the numbers apparently do not indicate a crisis.

"Young people, old people, they can be isolated pretty easily, while everybody else continues doing what they do, and I just think it's the government. I blame the government. I really do … it's usually who I blame for everything."

There is no evidence for Mitchell's suggestion that the virus was made in a lab. Noted American epidemiologist Dr. Stephen Morse has publicly said that he would be surprised if the disease was lab-created. "We still are way behind nature in being able to do that."

Mitchell then went deeper down the rabbit hole

The athlete appeared to say the coronavirus pandemic was all a ploy so the government could take people's guns away from them.

"That's what I think is going to happen, and it's sad, but that's what I see happening. I've seen them pushing some gun control thing right now and trying to get our guns or at least seeing if they can. I'm seeing how it goes. I don't know; the whole thing is crazy to me.

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