Patrick Jay Miletich (//; born March 9, 1966) is a retired American mixed martial artist and former 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. On July 6, 2014, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
|Born||Patrick Jay Miletich|
March 9, 1966
Davenport, Iowa, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12.1 st)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Karate, Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Bettendorf, Iowa, U.S.|
|Team||Miletich Fighting Systems|
|Rank||Black Belt in Shuri-ryū Karate|
3rd Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Oswaldo Alves
|Years active||1995–2002, 2006, 2008 (MMA) |
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Miletich, the youngest of five children, was born in Davenport, Iowa, to second generation Croatian immigrant parents. Two of his brothers are deceased. Miletich started wrestling at the age of five, continuing at Bettendorf High School. Miletich also played high school football in Bettendorf Bulldogs and was an All-State nose guard in his senior year. 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. 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.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Miletich started his MMA training at 26. Before this, Miletich trained at Tarpein's Dojo in, Davenport, IA with Grand Master Nick Tarpein, where he learned much of what he knows about karate, and was introduced to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the very first time. With Miletich's wrestling background, Jiu-Jitsu came naturally to him. When Miletich coupled BJJ with his strong foundation in boxing/karate, he realized where his fighting career should go; MMA. After learning the foundations of BJJ in Tarpein's Dojo, Miletich decided to branch out and learn BJJ full-time. A friend from Chicago got him into a Renzo Gracie seminar.
After training in jiu-jitsu for a year, the same friend then got him into the Battle of the Masters, an MMA tournament held in Chicago in 1995. Miletich continued fighting at smaller events and enjoyed success. He was undefeated through 15 fights before losing to Matt Hume.
Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit
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 suffered his first UFC loss as he lost the championship to Carlos Newton by submission. According to Miletich, he had a rematch clause in his contract but it was bypassed by the organization as Miletich's camp already had multiple high-ranked fighters in the welterweight division.
Move up to middleweightEdit
After the fight with Carter, Miletich moved up to the Middleweight division. This was also 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.
Over a decade since his last mixed martial arts bout, Miletich was originally scheduled to face Michael Nunn in a kickboxing match on April 18, 2020. However, the bout was rescheduled to July 18, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Miletich lost to Nunn via split decision. 
Miletich founded Miletich Fighting Systems, a mixed martial arts academy in his hometown of Bettendorf, Iowa. 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 and former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler.
Law enforcement/Military trainingEdit
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).
Miletich was color commentary for ESPN's MMA Live and Legacy Fighting Alliance on UFC Fight Pass. On January 12, 2021 Pat Miletich was fired from his commentary position at Legacy Fighting Alliance for being present in Washington D.C. at the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, although he had no involvement.
Miletich was arrested on June 29, 2020, in Moline, Illinois and was charged with DUI. This was Miletich's second DUI arrest, his first coming in September 2018, a charge to which he pleaded guilty in March 2019.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
- George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- George Tragos Award (2011)
- Resurrection Fighting Alliance & AXS TV
- Lifetime Achievement Award
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||29 wins||7 losses|
|Win||29–7–2||Thomas Denny||KO (punches)||Adrenaline MMA 2||December 11, 2008||2||0:50||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||28–7–2||Renzo Gracie||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL 9||September 23, 2006||1||3:37||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||28–6–2||Matt Lindland||TKO (punches)||UFC 36||March 22, 2002||1||3:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Middleweight bout.|
|Win||28–5–2||Shonie Carter||KO (head kick)||UFC 32||June 29, 2001||2||2:42||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Loss||27–5–2||Carlos Newton||Submission (bulldog choke)||UFC 31||May 4, 2001||3||2:50||Atlantic City, 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||Cedar Rapids, 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||Rome, Georgia, United States||Catchweight (175 lb) bout.|
|Win||25–2–2||Shonie Carter||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 27||August 21, 1999||1||20:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||24–2–2||André Pederneiras||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UFC 21||July 16, 1999||2||2:20||Cedar Rapids, 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||Ottumwa, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||22–2–2||Jutaro Nakao||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||SuperBrawl 11||February 2, 1999||1||9:22||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||22–1–2||Jorge Patino||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 18||January 8, 1999||1||21:00||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||Defended the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||21–1–2||Mikey Burnett||Decision (split)||UFC Brazil||October 16, 1998||1||21:00||São Paulo, Brazil||Won the inaugural UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Draw||20–1–2||Dan Severn||Draw||Extreme Challenge 20||August 22, 1998||1||20:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||20–1–1||Al Buck, Jr.||Submission (choke)||Midwest Shootfighting 1||June 27, 1998||2||2:49||Clinton, Iowa, United States|
|Win||19–1–1||Chris Brennan||Submission (shoulder choke)||UFC 16||March 13, 1998||1||9:02||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States||UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner.|
|Win||18–1–1||Townsend Saunders||Decision (split)||1||15:00|
|Win||17–1–1||Chris Brennan||Decision (unanimous)||EC - Extreme Challenge Trials||November 15, 1997||1||10:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Draw||16–1–1||Chris Brennan||Draw (majority)||Extreme Challenge 9||August 30, 1997||1||20:00||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||16–1||Chuck Kim||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Challenge 7||June 25, 1997||1||10:46||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Loss||15–1||Matt Hume||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Extreme Fighting 4||March 28, 1997||1||5:00||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||15–0||Chad Cox||TKO (submission to punch)||Extreme Challenge 3||February 15, 1997||1||1:48||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||14–0||Paul Kimbrel||Submission (armbar)||Extreme Challenge 2||February 1, 1997||1||5:13||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||13–0||Jason Nicholson||Decision (unanimous)||SuperBrawl 3||January 17, 1997||1||15:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||12–0||Earl Loucks||Submission (americana)||Extreme Challenge 1||November 23, 1996||1||7:00||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||11–0||Pat Assalone||Submission (armbar)||Brawl at the Ballpark 1||September 1, 1996||1||4:01||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||10–0||Matt Andersen||TKO (submission to punches)||Gladiators 1||July 26, 1996||1||5:21||Davenport, Iowa, United States|
|Win||9–0||Yasunori Matsumoto||TKO (doctor stoppage)||QCU 2||May 11, 1996||1||15:53||Moline, 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)||1||2:20|
|Win||6–0||Rick Graveson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||0:46|
|Win||5–0||Rick Graveson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||QCU 1||January 20, 1996||1||1:53||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||4–0||Ed McLennan||Submission (armbar)||1||1:28|
|Win||3–0||Kevin Marino||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BOTM 1||October 28, 1995||1||3:49||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||2–0||Angelo Rivera||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||1:40|
|Win||1–0||Yasunori Matsumoto||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||7:40|
Professional boxing recordEdit
|1 fight||1 win||0 losses|
|1||Win||1–0||Donald Tucker||UD||4||Jan 20, 1999||Lady Luck Casino, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.|
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| UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament winner
March 13, 1998
|New championship|| 1st UFC Welterweight Champion
October 16, 1998 - May 4, 2001