Pat Miletich seems to be quite serious about a potential comeback to mixed martial arts.
The notion first surfaced publicly during Legacy Fighting Championship 50 in Houston, when Ken Shamrock joined the broadcast team as a guest to promote his upcoming Bellator 149 showdown with Royce Gracie. Miletich, who serves as a commentator for AXS-TV, playfully threw down a challenge to the winner of that bout.
“Since the Geritol posse is active, what are the chances of the winner of that fight saying, ‘Hey, I’ll take on Pat Miletich?’” he asked.
“That’s only if those guys agreed and Bellator was willing to do it,” Miletich added. “But it’d be fun.”
According to Bellator MMA President Scott Coker, Miletich has made his interest very clear when it comes to potentially competing for the California-based promotion.
“He has reached out to me. Let me tell you, he texted me and called me and said, ‘Scott, I’m ready and I want to fight the winner of those two.’ I said ‘Pat, I don’t even know if they want to fight again after this.’ Let’s let them fight and enjoy it, and if he can make it out and watch it, please come on out and be my guest.”
Bellator 149 takes place at Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 19 and is headlined by the third meeting between Shamrock and Gracie. The 51-year-old Shamrock return to the cage after a nearly five-year hiatus at Bellator 138, where he suffered a first-round technical knockout loss to Kimbo Slice. Gracie, 49, will be fighting for the first time since June 2, 2007.
Meanwhile, the 47-year-old Miletich hasn’t competed since Dec. 11, 2008, when he knocked out Thomas Denny in the second round at Adrenaline MMA 2 in Moline, Ill. “The Croatian Sensation” was the UFC’s inaugural welterweight champion and was inducted into the Las Vegas-based promotion’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
“Evidently he’s in great shape,” Coker said. “He’s been doing these 100-mile bike rides and running marathons. He’s on a certain diet that is really making him feel really good he said. So he’s ready to fight.”
At least from Coker’s perspective, there is no question about the sincerity of Miletich’s intentions.
“He was serious,” Coker said. “He was blowing my phone up, believe me.”