Imagining an MMA Hall of Fame: Best of the Rest

Pat Miletich

By Todd Martin Aug 4, 2014
Pat Miletich gave rise to the modern MMA training camp. | Photo: D. Mandel/

Pat Miletich
“The Croatian Sensation”
Battle of the Masters (1995, 1996); Quad City Ultimate (1996, 1996); Gladiators (1996); Brawl at the Ballpark (1996); Extreme Challenge (1996, 1997, 1997, 1998, 1999); Icon Sport (1997, 1999); Extreme Fighting (1997); Ultimate Fighting Championship (1998, 1998-99, 1999, 2000, 2000-02); Midwest Shootfighting (1998); Cage Combat (1999); World Extreme Fighting (2000); Rings (2000); International Fight League (2006); Adrenaline MMA (2008)


Iowa is not necessarily where one would expect an MMA dynasty to begin but that is precisely what happened, and it all started with Miletich. He understood early the value of a versatile skillset and used his own to win the UFC 16 welterweight tournament and the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title, successfully defending it four times. He also created the dominant training camp of its time, which included the likes of Matt Hughes, Jeremy Horn, Jens Pulver and Tim Sylvia. It was an early model for many of the training camps today. Miletich had a great impact inside and outside the Octagon.

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