Pat Miletich

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Pat Miletich
Born Patrick Jay Miletich
(1966-03-09) March 9, 1966 (age 48)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Other names The Croatian Sensation
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Fighting out of Bettendorf, Iowa, U.S.
Team Miletich Martial Arts
Rank black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
3rd degree black belt in Shuri-ryū
Years active 1995-2002, 2006-2008
Professional boxing record
Total 1
Wins 1
Losses 0
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 38
Wins 29
By knockout 5
By submission 18
By decision 6
Losses 7
By knockout 3
By submission 3
By decision 1
Draws 2
Other information
Website http://www.mfselite.com/
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Patrick Jay Miletich (/ˈmɪlɨti/; born March 9, 1966) is a retired American mixed martial artist and a current sports commentator. He is known for his fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he became the first UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner. Miletich is also known as a highly successful trainer and coach, having founded Miletich Fighting Systems. This camp is considered one of the most successful in MMA history and has produced several world champions. [1] On July 6, 2014, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.[2]

Early life[edit]

Miletich, the youngest of five children, was born in Davenport, Iowa, to Croatian parents. Two of his brothers are deceased. Miletich wrestled and played football at Bettendorf High School. As a senior in 1983-84, Miletich shared the Bettendorf High School wrestling room with future MMA champion Mark Kerr, who was a freshman just beginning his wrestling career. Miletich is believed to have begun wrestling at age six. He said he wanted to be a world champion in something and wrestling was something he was good at. Although Miletich originally planned to pursue football after graduating high school, he eventually chose to wrestle in junior college. When his mother developed heart problems, he left school to care for her. Miletich has stated in past interviews that he actually began fighting to help pay her bills.[3][4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Miletich started his MMA training at 26. Before this, Miletich trained in a Davenport karate school where he learned much of what he knows about karate. Miletich was largely influenced in his boxing aspirations by his uncle, Johnny "Miller" Miletich. (Johnny Miletich was a member of the U.S. boxing squad at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and also fought professionally.)[5]

Miletich trained with coach Alvino Peña at the Davenport Boxing Club. A friend from Chicago got him into a Renzo Gracie seminar. After training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) for a year, the same friend then got him into the Battle of the Masters, a MMA tournament held in Chicago in 1995.[6]

Miletich continued fighting at smaller events and enjoyed success. He was undefeated through 15 fights before losing to Matt Hume. Three fights later Miletich fought in UFC 16 and won the first UFC Welterweight tournament. At UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil, Miletich defeated Mikey Burnett to become the first UFC Welterweight Champion. In his fifth title defense at UFC 31 he lost to Carlos Newton by submission. This was his first UFC defeat. His next fight was a KO win over Shonie Carter at UFC 32. After this fight, Miletich moved up to the Middleweight division. This was partly due to encouragement by UFC management and because his teammate, Matt Hughes, defeated Carlos Newton to win the UFC Welterweight Championship. Miletich returned to fight at his new weight at UFC 36, but quickly lost to Matt Lindland. Miletich decided to take some time away from professional fighting and recover from numerous chronic injuries. Miletich was scheduled to fight Frank Trigg at WFA 3 but pulled out due to injury. He returned in September 2006 to fight Renzo Gracie in an IFL superfight, and submitted to a guillotine choke in the first round. Miletich spoke briefly after the fight about re-aggravating his old neck injury before the Gracie fight. Miletich's last fight was in December 2008 where he scored a second-round KO over Thomas Denny that was televised on the HDNet network.

Miletich holds a third-degree black belt in Shuri-ryu karate. He has also trained with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Sergio Monteiro and was awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt by Oswaldo Alves.

Fighter Coaching[edit]

Miletich founded Miletich Fighting Systems,a Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Bettendorf, Iowa, his hometown.[citation needed]. MFS has trained over 90 televised fighters and no fewer than 11 MMA world champions, including former two-time UFC Welterweight Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, and former EliteXC Middleweight Champion Robbie Lawler.

Law enforcement/Military training[edit]

For over 15 years Miletich has trained local, state, and federal law-enforcement officers and military groups from all service branches, including special-operations groups attached to those branches. He has also written and designed defensive tactics and combatives courses for other combatives companies.

Miletich is also the co-founder of Fire Horse combatives which trains LEO and military personnel.

Miletich was the primary subject matter of L. Jon Wertheim's "Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC", which detailed Miletich's biography and his fighting camp (Miletich Fighting Systems).

Commentary[edit]

Miletich began providing color commentary for Strikeforce on April 11, 2009, for its debut on Showtime and did so regularly until that promotion's demise in 2012.

Miletich is also providing color commentary for AXS TV Fights (formerly HDNet Fights) and ESPN's MMA Live.

Personal life[edit]

Miletich is married and has three daughters.[7] He is a Freemason.[8][9]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
    • George Tragos Award
  • Resurrection Fighting Alliance & AXS TV
    • Lifetime Achievement Award[11]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 29–7–2 Thomas Denny KO (punches) IFL 11 December 11, 2008 2 0:50 Illinois, United States
Loss 28–7–2 Renzo Gracie Submission (guillotine choke) IFL 9 September 23, 2006 1 3:37 Illinois, United States
Loss 28–6–2 Matt Lindland TKO (punches) UFC 36 March 22, 2002 1 3:09 Nevada, United States Middleweight bout.
Win 28–5–2 Shonie Carter KO (head kick) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 2 2:42 New Jersey, United States
Loss 27–5–2 Carlos Newton Submission (bulldog choke) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 2:50 New Jersey, United States Lost the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 27–4–2 Kenichi Yamamoto Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 2 1:58 Tokyo, Japan Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 26–4–2 Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (majority) Rings: Millennium Combine 3 August 23, 2000 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 26–3–2 John Alessio Submission (armbar) UFC 26 June 9, 2000 2 1:43 Iowa, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 25–3–2 José Landi-Jons TKO (corner stoppage) WEF 8 - Goin' Platinum January 15, 2000 1 8:00 Georgia, United States
Win 25–2–2 Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 27 August 21, 1999 1 20:00 Iowa, United States
Win 24–2–2 André Pederneiras TKO (cut) UFC 21 July 16, 1999 2 2:20 Iowa, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 23–2–2 Clayton Miller Submission (triangle choke) Cage Combat 2 May 30, 1999 1 0:40 Iowa, United States
Loss 22–2–2 Jutaro Nakao Submission (triangle choke) SuperBrawl 11 February 2, 1999 1 9:22 Hawaii, United States
Win 22–1–2 Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) UFC 18 January 8, 1999 1 21:00 Louisiana, United States Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win 21–1–2 Mikey Burnett Decision (split) UFC 17.5 October 16, 1998 1 21:00 Sao Paulo, Brazil Won the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Draw 20–1–2 Dan Severn Draw Extreme Challenge 20 August 22, 1998 1 20:00 Iowa, United States
Win 20–1–1 Al Buck Jr. Submission (choke) Midwest Shootfighting 1 June 27, 1998 2 2:49 Iowa, United States
Win 19–1–1 Chris Brennan Submission (shoulder choke) UFC 16 March 13, 1998 1 9:02 Louisiana, United States UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner.
Win 18–1–1 Townsend Saunders Decision (split) UFC 16 March 13, 1998 1 15:00 Louisiana, United States
Win 17–1–1 Chris Brennan Decision (unanimous) EC - Extreme Challenge Trials November 15, 1997 1 10:00 Iowa, United States
Draw 16–1–1 Chris Brennan Draw (majority) Extreme Challenge 9 August 30, 1997 1 20:00 Iowa, United States
Win 16–1 Chuck Kim Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 7 June 25, 1997 1 10:46 Iowa, United States
Loss 15–1 Matt Hume TKO (doctor stoppage) Extreme Fighting 4 March 28, 1997 1 5:00 Iowa, United States
Win 15–0 Chad Cox Submission (punch) Extreme Challenge 3 February 15, 1997 1 1:84 Iowa, United States
Win 14–0 Paul Kimbrel Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 2 February 1, 1997 1 5:13 Iowa, United States
Win 13–0 Jason Nicholson Decision (unanimous) SuperBrawl 3 January 17, 1997 1 15:00 Hawaii, United States
Win 12–0 Earl Loucks Submission (keylock) Extreme Challenge 1 November 23, 1996 1 7:00 Iowa, United States
Win 11–0 Pat Assalone Submission (armbar) Brawl at the Ballpark 1 September 1, 1996 1 4:01 Iowa, United States
Win 10–0 Matt Andersen Submission (punches) Gladiators 1 July 26, 1996 1 5:21 Iowa, United States
Win 9–0 Yasunori Matsumoto TKO (doctor stoppage) QCU 2 May 11, 1996 1 15:53 Illinois, United States
Win 8–0 Andrey Dudko Submission (rear-naked choke) BOTM 2 February 10, 1996 1 2:49 Illinois, United States
Win 7–0 Bob Gholson KO (punches) BOTM 2 February 10, 1996 1 2:20 Illinois, United States
Win 6–0 Rick Graveson Submission (rear-naked choke) BOTM 2 February 10, 1996 1 0:46 Illinois, United States
Win 5–0 Rick Graveson Submission (rear-naked choke) QCU 1 January 20, 1996 1 1:53 Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Ed McLennan Submission (armbar) QCU 1 January 20, 1996 1 1:28 Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 Kevin Marino Submission (rear-naked choke) BOTM 1 October 28, 1995 1 3:49 Illinois, United States
Win 2–0 Angelo Rivera Submission (rear-naked choke) BOTM 1 October 28, 1995 1 1:40 Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 Yasunori Matsumoto Submission (rear-naked choke) BOTM 1 October 28, 1995 1 7:40 Illinois, United States

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Preceded by
Guy Mezger
UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament winner
March 13, 1998
Succeeded by
Dan Henderson
New championship 1st UFC Welterweight Champion
October 16, 1998 - May 4, 2001
Succeeded by
Carlos Newton