MMA Best Fighter: Pat Miletich
The first UFC welterweight champion, Pat Miletich, makes his way to Fighting Insider's list of MMA's best fighter.
Pat Miletich was born as Patrick Jay Miletich on March 9, 1968. He is the first UFC Welterweight Champion and the UFC 16 tournament title holder. He is also the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trained notable MMA fighters like Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Robbie Lawler.
During his high school years, Pat Miletich wrestled and played football at Bettendorf High School in Iowa. Albeit he originally planned to play football after graduating from high school, he decided to wrestle in junior college. But his mother eventually got ill due to heart problems, forcing him to leave school and take care for her. Pat Miletich revealed in his past interviews that he began fighting to actually help pay for his mother’s bills.
At the age of 26, Pat Miletich started training boxing at the Davenport Boxing Club under coach Alvino Peña. Then a friend got him to a Renzo Gracie seminar, followed by a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu training for one year. Then in 1995, his friend got him into a local MMA tournament in Chicago — the Battle of the Masters.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
UFC Welterweight Championship (1 Time, First)
UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Winner
UFC Viewer’s Choice Award
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum
George Tragos Award