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MMA Best Fighter: Pat Miletich

Written on August 01, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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