By The Numbers: Pat Miletich

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Pat Miletich left an indelible mark on mixed martial arts, first as a world-class competitor and later as a trailblazing trainer who founded one of the most successful camps in the sport’s history.

“The Croatian Sensation” compiled a 29-7-2 career record and captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title during a run that started during MMA’s infancy. He went on to build the Miletich Fighting Systems outfit in Iowa, where he helped launch fighters like Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Tim Sylvia and Robbie Lawler to stardom. Miletich retired from mixed martial arts some 13 years ago after he knocked out Thomas Denny in the second round of their Adrenaline MMA 2 headliner on Dec. 11, 2008. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2014.

With his competitive exploits now firmly in the rearview mirror, a look at some of the numbers that accompanied Miletich throughout his career:

53: Years of age for Miletich, who was born on March 9, 1968 in Davenport, Iowa.

16: Miletich victories by submission, accounting for 55% of his career total (29). His methods of choice included seven rear-naked chokes, four armbars, one keylock, one shoulder choke, one triangle choke and one guillotine choke. Miletich owns seven other victories by knockout or technical knockout and six more by decision.

13: Promotions in which Miletich plied his trade during his 13-plus years as an active competitor. In addition to the UFC, he appeared in the International Fight League, Rings, Battle of the Masters, Quad City Ultimate, Gladiators, Brawl at the Ballpark, Extreme Challenge, SuperBrawl, Midwest Shootfighting, Cage Combat, World Extreme Fighting and Adrenaline MMA.

931: Days spent by Miletich as undisputed UFC welterweight titleholder. He laid claim to the 170-pound crown when he was awarded a split decision over Mikey Burnett at UFC 17.5 on Oct. 16, 1998 and successfully defended it against Jorge Patino at UFC 18, Andre Pederneiras at UFC 21, John Alessio at UFC 26 and Kenichi Yamamoto at UFC 29. Militech finally relinquished his hold on the welterweight throne at UFC 31, where he submitted to a bulldog choke from Carlos Newton on May 4, 2001. It still ranks as the fourth-longest single title reign in the history of the welterweight division.

2: Draws on the Miletich resume. He fought to stalemates with Chris Brennan at Extreme Challenge 9 in August 1997 and Dan Severn at Extreme Challenge 20 in August 1998.

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40: Seconds needed by Miletich to submit Clayton Miller with a triangle choke at Cage Combat 2 on May 30, 1999. It was one of two sub-minute stoppage victories he authored during his 38-fight career. Miletich submitted Rick Graveson with a rear-naked choke in 46 seconds at a Battle of the Masters event in 1996.

17: First-round finishes on the Miletich ledger. Only one of them took place inside the Octagon, as he submitted the aforementioned Brenna with a shoulder choke in their UFC 16 rematch on March 13, 1998.

14: Consecutive victories to start Miletich’s professional MMA career. He made his debut on Oct. 28, 1995 with a first-round rear-naked choke submission of Yasunori Matsumoto at Battle of the Masters 1 and remained undefeated until he lost to Matt Hume by first-round technical knockout at Extreme Fighting 4 on March 28, 1997.

3: Countries in which Miletich competed as a mixed martial artist. He went 27-6-2 in the United States, 1-1 in Japan and 1-0 in Brazil.

.608: Cumulative winning percentage between the seven men—Newton, Hume, Renzo Gracie, Matt Lindland, Kiyoshi Tamura, Jose Landi-Jons and Jutaro Nakao—who defeated Miletich. They boast a combined record of 144-85-8. Advertisement


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