Pat Miletich

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Pat Miletich
Born Patrick Jay Miletich
March 9, 1966 (1966-03-09) (age 48)
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
Other names The Croatian Sensation
Nationality Croatian
American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Boxing
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 1995-2006, 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 tournament champion.

He founded Miletich Fighting Systems, which 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 Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.

Early life

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

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 lightweight tournament. At UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil, Miletich defeated Mikey Burnett to become the first UFC lightweight (under 200 lbs) champion. The UFC changed the weight class limits again in 2001, and Miletich became the champion of the new welterweight division.

In his fifth title defense (and first as a welterweight) 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 International Fight League (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 BJJ black belt by Oswaldo Alves.

Personal life

Miletich is married and has two daughters.[5] He also operated a Mixed Martial Arts Academy in Bettendorf, Iowa, his hometown.[citation needed]

Law enforcement/Military training

For over 15 years Miletich has trained local, state, and federal law-enforcement officers and military groups from all service branches, including special-forces 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

Miletich began providing color commentary for Strikeforce on April 11, 2009, for its debut on Showtime. Miletich is also providing color commentary for AXS TV Fights (formerly HDNet Fights) and ESPN's MMA Live.

Championships and accomplishments

  •  ;National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
    • George Tragos Award[7]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 29-7-2 USA Thomas Denny KO (punches) Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny 02008-12-11December 11, 2008 2 0:50 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 28-7-2 BRA Renzo Gracie Submission (standing guillotine choke) International Fight League: Gracie vs. Miletich 02006-09-23September 23, 2006 1 3:37 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 28-6-2 USA Matt Lindland TKO (punches) UFC 36 02002-03-22March 22, 2002 1 3:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Middleweight bout
Win 28-5-2 USA Shonie Carter KO (head kick) UFC 32 02001-06-29June 29, 2001 2 2:42 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Loss 27-5-2 Canada Carlos Newton Submission (bulldog choke) UFC 31 02001-05-04May 4, 2001 3 2:50 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost UFC Welterweight Championship
Win 27-4-2 Japan Kenichi Yamamoto Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 29 02000-12-16December 16, 2000 2 1:58 Tokyo, Japan Defended UFC Welterweight Championship
Loss 26-4-2 Japan Kiyoshi Tamura Decision (majority) RINGS - Millenium Combine 3 02000-08-23August 23, 2000 2 5:00 Osaka, Japan
Win 26-3-2 Canada John Alessio Submission (armbar) UFC 26 02000-06-09June 9, 2000 2 1:43 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship
Loss 25-3-2 Brazil José Landi-Jons TKO (corner stoppage) WEF 8: Goin' Platinum 02000-01-15January 15, 2000 1 8:00 Rome, Georgia, United States
Win 25-2-2 USA Shonie Carter Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 27 01999-08-21August 21, 1999 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 24-2-2 BRA André Pederneiras TKO (cut) UFC 21 01999-07-16July 16, 1999 2 2:20 Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship
Win 23-2-2 USA Clayton Miller Submission (triangle choke) Cage Combat 2 01999-05-30May 30, 1999 1 0:40 Ottumwa, Iowa, United States
Loss 22-2-2 Japan Jutaro Nakao Technical Submission (triangle choke) SuperBrawl 11 01999-02-02February 2, 1999 1 9:22 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 22-1-2 Brazil Jorge Patino Decision (unanimous) UFC 18 01999-01-08January 8, 1999 1 21:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Defended UFC Welterweight Championship
Win 21-1-2 USA Mikey Burnett Decision (split) UFC Brazil 01998-10-16October 16, 1998 1 21:00 Sao Paulo, Brazil Won UFC Welterweight Championship
vDraw 20-1-2 USA Dan Severn Draw Extreme Challenge 20 01998-08-22August 22, 1998 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 20-1-1 USA Al Buck Jr Submission (choke) Midwest Shootfighting 1 01998-06-27June 27, 1998 2 2:49 Clinton, Iowa, United States
Win 19-1-1 USA Chris Brennan Submission (shoulder choke) UFC 16 01998-03-13March 13, 1998 1 9:02 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States Won UFC Lightweight Tournament
Win 18-1-1 USA Townsend Saunders Decision (split) UFC 16 01998-03-13March 13, 1998 1 15:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 17-1-1 USA Chris Brennan Decision Extreme Challenge Trials 01997-11-15November 15, 1997 1 10:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
vDraw 16-1-1 USA Chris Brennan Draw Extreme Challenge 9 01997-08-30August 30, 1997 1 20:00 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 16-1 USA Chuck Kim Submission (rear naked choke) Extreme Challenge 7 01997-06-25June 25, 1997 1 10:46 Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States
Loss 15-1 USA Matt Hume TKO (doctor stoppage) Extreme Challenge 4 01997-03-28March 28, 1997 1 5:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 15-0 USA Chad Cox Submission (punch) Extreme Challenge 3 01997-02-15February 15, 1997 1 1:84 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 14-0 USA Paul Kimbrel Submission (armbar) Extreme Challenge 2 01997-02-01February 1, 1997 1 5:13 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 13-0 USA Jason Nicholson Decision (unanimous) SuperBrawl 3 01997-01-17January 17, 1997 1 15:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win 12-0 USA Earl Loucks Submission (keylock) Extreme Challenge 1 01996-11-23November 23, 1996 1 7:00 Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Win 11-0 USA Pat Assalone Submission (armbar) Brawl at the Ballpark 1 01996-09-01September 1, 1996 1 4:01 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 10-0 USA Matt Andersen Submission (punches) Gladiators 1 01996-07-26July 26, 1996 1 5:21 Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win 9-0 Japan Yasunori Matsumoto TKO (doctor stoppage) Quad City Ultimate 2 01996-05-11May 11, 1996 1 15:53 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 8-0 Russia Andrey Dudko Submission (rear naked choke) Battle of the Masters 2 01996-02-10February 10, 1996 1 2:49 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 7-0 USA Bob Gholson KO Battle of the Masters 2 01996-02-10February 10, 1996 1 2:20 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 6-0 USA Rick Graveson Submission (rear naked choke) Battle of the Masters 2 01996-02-10February 10, 1996 1 0:46 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 5-0 USA Rick Graveson Submission (rear naked choke) Quad City Ultimate 1 01996-01-20January 20, 1996 1 1:53 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 4-0 USA Ed McLennan Submission (armbar) Quad City Ultimate 1 01996-01-20January 20, 1996 1 1:28 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 3-0 USA Kevin Marino Submission (rear naked choke) Battle of the Masters 1 01995-10-28October 28, 1995 1 3:49 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 2-0 USA Angelo Rivera Submission (rear naked choke) Battle of the Masters 1 01995-10-28October 28, 1995 1 1:40 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 1-0 Japan Yasunori Matsumoto Submission (rear naked choke) Battle of the Masters 1 01995-10-28October 28, 1995 1 7:40 Chicago, Illinois, United States MMA Debut.

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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
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