Pat Miletich is a retired professional mixed martial artist who was the first UFC Welterweight Champion and a former Welterweight Tournament winner. A UFC Hall of Famer, Miletich is hailed for his outstanding Muay Thai striking, wrestling takedowns, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu submissions.
Born Patrick Jay Miletich on March 9, 1966 in Davenport, Iowa, he is the youngest of five children. His parents were both Croatian immigrants. Miletich’s Croatian descent and his fighting prowess earned him the nickname “The Croatian Sensation”.
During his high school days, Miletich played football and wrestled at the Bettendorf High School. When he was a senior he shared a wrestling room with a freshman named Mark Kerr, who later became a MMA champion. He continued wrestling in college before dropping out in his junior year to care for his mother who had a heart problem.
Miletich was 26 years old when he began training in mixed martial arts. Before that, he was already trained in karate in Davenport. The 5-foot and 10-inch tall retired fighter boasts of a black belt in Shuri-ryu Karate and a 3rd degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is mostly noted for his fights under the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he became the UFC 16 Welterweight Tournament Winner and the UFC Welterweight Champion.
This celebrated fighter is currently a sports commentator. In addition to being a sports commentator, Miletich is also a successful coach and trainer, having founded the Miletich Fighting Systems, which is considered as the most successful training camp in the history of the sport. This camp already produced several world champions including Matt Hughes, Robbie Lawler, and Tim Sylvia. He is also a co-founder of an academy that trains military personnel called the Fire Horse.