Pat Miletich

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Pat Miletich
BornPatrick Jay Miletich
(1966-03-09) March 9, 1966 (age 47)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Other namesThe Croatian Sensation
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Fighting out ofBettendorf, Iowa, U.S.
TeamMiletich Martial Arts
Rankblack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
3rd degree black belt in Shuri-ryū
Years active1995-2002, 2006-2008
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total38
Wins29
By knockout5
By submission18
By decision6
Losses7
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision1
Draws2
Other information
Websitehttp://www.mfselite.com/
Boxing record from Boxrec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
 
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Pat Miletich
BornPatrick Jay Miletich
(1966-03-09) March 9, 1966 (age 47)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Other namesThe Croatian Sensation
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionWelterweight
Fighting out ofBettendorf, Iowa, U.S.
TeamMiletich Martial Arts
Rankblack belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
3rd degree black belt in Shuri-ryū
Years active1995-2002, 2006-2008
Professional boxing record
Total1
Wins1
Losses0
Draws0
Mixed martial arts record
Total38
Wins29
By knockout5
By submission18
By decision6
Losses7
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision1
Draws2
Other information
Websitehttp://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.[citation needed]

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.[1][2]

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.)[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win29-7-2Thomas DennyKO (punches)IFL 11Dec 11, 200820:50Illinois, United States
Loss28-7-2Renzo GracieSubmission (guillotine choke)IFL 9Sep 23, 200613:37Illinois, United States
Loss28-6-2Matt LindlandTKO (punches)UFC 36March 22, 200213:09Nevada, United States
Win28-5-2Shonie CarterKO (head kick)UFC 32June 29, 200122:42New Jersey, United States
Loss27-5-2Carlos NewtonSubmission (bulldog choke)UFC 31May 4, 200132:50New Jersey, United StatesLost the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win27-4-2Kenichi YamamotoSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC 29Dec 16, 200021:58Tokyo, JapanDefended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss26-4-2Kiyoshi TamuraDecision (majority)Rings: Millennium Combine 3Aug 23, 200025:00Yokohama, Japan
Win26-3-2John AlessioSubmission (armbar)UFC 26June 9, 200021:43Iowa, United StatesDefended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss25-3-2José Landi-JonsTKO (corner stoppage)WEF 8Jan 15, 200018:00Georgia, United States
Win25-2-2Shonie CarterDecision (unanimous)EC 27Aug 21, 1999120:00Iowa, United States
Win24-2-2André PederneirasTKO (cut)UFC 21July 16, 199922:20Iowa, United StatesDefended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win23-2-2Clayton MillerSubmission (triangle choke)CC 2May 30, 199910:40Iowa, United States
Loss22-2-2Jutaro NakaoSubmission (triangle choke)SB 11Feb 2, 199919:22Hawaii, United States
Win22-1-2Jorge PatinoDecision (unanimous)UFC 18Jan 8, 1999121:00Louisiana, United StatesDefended the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Win21-1-2Mikey BurnettDecision (split)UFC 17.5Oct 16, 1998121:00Sao Paulo, BrazilWon the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Draw20-1-2Dan SevernDrawEC 20Aug 22, 1998120:00Iowa, United States
Win20-1-1Al Buck Jr.Submission (choke)WEF 5June 27, 199822:49Iowa, United States
Win19-1-1Chris BrennanSubmission (shoulder choke)UFC 16March 13, 199819:02Louisiana, United StatesUFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner.
Win18-1-1Townsend SaundersDecision (split)UFC 16March 13, 1998115:00Louisiana, United States
Win17-1-1Chris BrennanDecision (unanimous)EC 12Nov 15, 1997110:00Iowa, United States
Draw16-1-1Chris BrennanDraw (majority)EC 9Aug 30, 1997120:00Iowa, United States
Win16-1Chuck KimSubmission (rear-naked choke)EC 7June 25, 1997110:46Iowa, United States
Loss15-1Matt HumeTKO (doctor stoppage)EC 4March 28, 199715:00Iowa, United States
Win15-0Chad CoxSubmission (punch)EC 3Feb 15, 199711:84Iowa, United States
Win14-0Paul KimbrelSubmission (armbar)EC 2Feb 1, 199715:13Iowa, United States
Win13-0Jason NicholsonDecision (unanimous)SB 3Jan 17, 1997115:00Hawaii, United States
Win12-0Earl LoucksSubmission (keylock)EC 1Nov 23, 199617:00Iowa, United States
Win11-0Pat AssaloneSubmission (armbar)SB 1Sep 1, 199614:01Iowa, United States
Win10-0Matt AndersenSubmission (punches)WEF 3July 26, 199615:21Iowa, United States
Win9-0Yasunori MatsumotoTKO (doctor stoppage)WEF 2May 11, 1996115:53Illinois, United States
Win8-0Andrey DudkoSubmission (rear-naked choke)BM 2Feb 10, 199612:49Illinois, United States
Win7-0Bob GholsonKO (punches)BM 2Feb 10, 199612:20Illinois, United States
Win6-0Rick GravesonSubmission (rear-naked choke)BM 2Feb 10, 199610:46Illinois, United States
Win5-0Rick GravesonSubmission (rear-naked choke)WEF 1Jan 20, 199611:53Illinois, United States
Win4-0Ed McLennanSubmission (armbar)WEF 1Jan 20, 199611:28Illinois, United States
Win3-0Kevin MarinoSubmission (rear-naked choke)BM 1Oct 28, 199513:49Illinois, United States
Win2-0Angelo RiveraSubmission (rear-naked choke)BM 1Oct 28, 199511:40Illinois, United States
Win1-0Yasunori MatsumotoSubmission (rear-naked choke)BM 1Oct 28, 199517:40Illinois, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sariahmed, Lotfi (2007-07-17). "411Mania Exclusive Interview with Pat Miletich". 411mania.com. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ Fowlkes, Ben (2011-01-16). "My First Fight: Pat Miletich". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.mfselite.com/bio.html
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ http://www.fighttimes.com/magazine/magazine.asp?article=856

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Preceded by
Guy Mezger
UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament winner
March 13, 1998
Succeeded by
Dan Henderson
New championship1st UFC Welterweight Champion
October 16, 1998 - May 4, 2001
Succeeded by
Carlos Newton