|Nickname||The Croatian Sensation|
|Association||Miletich Martial Arts|
|Weight Class||Welterweight (170 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 10" (178cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling, Freestyle|
|Birth Date||March 9, 1968|
|Fighting Out Of||Bettendorf, Iowa|
|Pat Miletich Pictures||Official Website|
Patrick Jay Miletich is a retired mixed martial artist (MMA) well known for his fights within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trains or has trained some of the most talented and popular fighters in MMA, such as former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, as well as former ICON Sport and Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.
Miletich was the first UFC Welterweight Champion.
|Record||29 - 7 - 2 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Thomas Denny||KO (Punches)||AMMA 2: Adrenaline MMA 2||12/11/2008||2||0:50||Came out of retirement for bout|
|Loss||Renzo Gracie||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||9/23/2006||1||3:37||IFL Super-fight; Came out of retirement for bout|
|Loss||Matt Lindland||TKO (Punches)||UFC 36: Worlds Collide||3/22/2002||1||3:09||Middleweight bout; Retired from MMA|
|Win||Shonie Carter||KO (Head Kick)||UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands||6/29/2001||2||2:42|
|Loss||Carlos Newton||Submission (Bulldog Choke)||UFC 31: Locked & Loaded||5/04/2001||3||2:50||Lost UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Kenichi Yamamoto||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 29: Defense of the Belts||12/16/2000||2||1:58||Defended UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||Kiyoshi Tamura||Decision (Majority)||Rings: Millennium Combine 3||8/23/2000||2||5:00|
|Win||John Alessio||Submission (Armbar)||UFC 26: Ultimate Field of Dreams||6/09/2000||2||1:43||Defended UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Loss||Jose Landi-Jons||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||WEF 8: Goin' Platinum||1/15/2000||1||8:00|
|Win||Shonie Carter||Decision||EC 27: Extreme Challenge 27||8/21/1999||1||20:00|
|Win||Andre Pederneiras||TKO (Cut)||UFC 21: Return of the Champions||7/16/1999||2||2:20||Defended UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Clayton Miller||Submission (Triangle Choke)||CC 2: Cage Combat 2||5/30/1999||1||0:40|
|Loss||Jutaro Nakao||Technical Submission (Triangle Choke)||SB 11: SuperBrawl 11||2/02/1999||1||9:22|
|Win||Jorge Patino||Decision||UFC 18: Road to the Heavyweight Title||1/08/1999||1||21:00||Defended UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||Mikey Burnett||Decision||UFC Brazil: Ultimate Brazil||10/16/1998||1||21:00||Won first-ever UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Draw||Dan Severn||Draw||EC 20: Extreme Challenge 20||8/22/1998||1||20:00|
|Win||Al Buck Jr||Submission (Choke)||MS 1: Midwest Shootfighting 1||6/27/1998||2||2:49|
|Win||Chris Brennan||Submission (Choke)||UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou||3/13/1998||1||9:02||Won UFC Lightweight Tournament|
|Win||Townsend Saunders||Decision||UFC 16: Battle in the Bayou||3/13/1998||1||15:00|
|Win||Chris Brennan||Decision||EC: Extreme Challenge Trials||11/15/1997||1||30:00|
|Draw||Chris Brennan||Draw||EC 9: Extreme Challenge 9||8/30/1997||1||20:00|
|Win||Chuck Kim||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 7: Extreme Challenge 7||6/25/1997||1||10:46|
|Loss||Matt Hume||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||EF 4: Extreme Fighting 4||3/28/1997||1||5:00||Doctor Stoppage from Broken Nose|
|Win||Chad Cox||Submission||EC 3: Extreme Challenge 3||2/15/1997||1||1:84|
|Win||Paul Kimbro||Submission (Armbar)||EC 2: Extreme Challenge 2||2/01/1997||1||5:13|
|Win||Jason Nicholsen||Decision (Unanimous)||SB 3: SuperBrawl 3||1/17/1997||1||15:00|
|Win||Earl Loucks||Submission (Keylock)||EC 1: Extreme Challenge 1||11/23/1996||1||7:00|
|Win||Pat Assalone||Submission (Armbar)||BATB 1: Brawl at the Ballpark 1||9/01/1996||1||4:01|
|Win||Matt Anderson||Submission (Strikes)||Gladiators: Gladiators 1||7/26/1996||N/A||N/A|
|Win||Yasanori Matumoto||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||QCU 2: Quad City Ultimate 2||5/11/1996||1||15:53|
|Win||Andrey Dudko||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BOTM 2: Battle of the Masters 2||2/10/1996||1||2:49|
|Win||Bob Gholson||KO||BOTM 2: Battle of the Masters 2||2/10/1996||1||2:20|
|Win||Rick Graveson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BOTM 2: Battle of the Masters 2||2/10/1996||1||0:46|
|Win||Rick Graveson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||QCU 1: Quad City Ultimate 1||1/20/1996||1||1:53|
|Win||Ed McLennan||Submission (Armbar)||QCU 1: Quad City Ultimate 1||1/20/1996||1||1:28|
|Win||Kevin Marino||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BOTM 1: Battle of the Masters 1||110/28/1995||1||3:49|
|Win||Angelo Rivera||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BOTM 1: Battle of the Masters 1||10/28/1995||1||1:40|
|Win||Yasanori Matsumoto||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||BOTM 1: Battle of the Masters 1||10/28/1995||1||7:40|
Miletich was born in Davenport, Iowa, the youngest of 5 children (2 of his brothers are deceased. One brother committed suicide, the other one died in a roadside accident). Miletich wrestled and played football at Bettendorf High School. As a senior in 1983, Miletich shared the Bettendorf High School wrestling room with another future MMA champion Mark Kerr who was a freshman just beginning his wrestling career. Militech is believed to have begun wrestling at age six. Miletich said he wanted to be a world champion in something and wrestling was something he was good at. Although Pat originally planned to pursue football after graduating high school, he eventually chose to wrestle in junior college. Shortly thereafter, his mother became ill with heart problems, and he left school to care for her. Miletich has stated in past interviews that he actually began fighting to help pay her bills.
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Miletich started his MMA training at age 26. Prior to this age, Miletich trained at Nick Tarpein's School of Martial Arts in Davenport, Iowa 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. Pat Miletich trained with coach Alvino Peña at the Davenport Boxing Club. A friend from Chicago who refereed his kickboxing matches 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.
He 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 defeat in the UFC. 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 was submitted with a guillotine choke in the first round. Afterwards, he retired again.
Currently, Pat Miletich runs the Miletich Fighting Systems gym in Bettendorf, Iowa. A premier MMA training academy where Miletich has trained and coached 11 UFC world champions. Miletich also coaches the two-time IFL champions, the Quad City Silverbacks. In the first national broadcast on May 21, 2006, his team beat Bas Rutten's Los Angeles Anacondas 4-1. Miletich returned to MMA action on December 11, 2008, defeating Thomas Denny by knock out.
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. He is the cousin to Danny Farmer, a former wide receiver for the UCLA Bruins football team who enjoyed a brief career in the NFL.
Miletich vs. Shamrock
It was learned early February 2010 that both Miletich and MMA legend Fank Shamrock had verbally agreed to face one another at an upcoming Strikeforce event, that could possibly happen as early as May 2010.
Miletich is married and has two daughters. He also operates a Mixed Martial Arts Academy in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa.
Miletich began providing color commentary for Strikeforce on April 11th, 2009 for their debut on Showtime. He has remained providing commentary since.
Championships and Accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Welterweight Champion (5 Time Defending)
- UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Champion