Pat Miletich, coach of the Silverbacks, talks about the IFL Finals, along with steroids and the UFC, with a shot at Dana White tossed in.
Rory Markham will be unable to compete for the defending champion Quad City Silverbacks due to a hand injury suffered in his recent TKO win over Chris Clements on August 2.
Markham was slated to take on Delson Heleno of the New York Pitbulls. Silverbacks’ head coach Pat Miletich has stated that he has not yet found a replacement to complete for Quad City at welterweight.
Today the IFL held a national media conference call promoting their upcoming IFL: Semifinals show which is scheduled for August 2nd at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ.
Present for the conference call was Kurt Otto, Pat Miletich, and Shawn Tompkins.
Summary of the conference:
• Next Wednesday the IFL will be announcing who will be competing in the Grand Prix. It will consist of the top four guys in each weight class and they will be competing for a belt. The IFL also plans on revealing the belt next Wednesday.
• The Grand Prix will consist of two different events and they are still currently trying to finalize where the two shows will be. They hop to have it finalized by Wednesday.
• When asked if the IFL has considered streaming upcoming shows on the internet or PPV, Otto said, “The IFL has always promised free MMA and at this point we feel that in order for us to do a pay-per-view we better have a very good reason to do it or offer something a little bit different then we already offer now in order to justify doing a pay-per-view.”
• Chris Horodecki and Jay Heiron are off the card because of injuries. Horodecki suffered a broken in his fight with Shad Lierley and replacing him will be Adam Disabato. Heiron’s injury was a recent one which occurred while he was grappling. His replacement will be TKO veteran Chris Clements.
• Ryan McGivern will not be fighting August 2nd due to a personal commitment. Miletich said “Ryan McGivern’s injuries stem from basically having to get married.” The wedding was already planned and paid for so McGivern had to bow out but he gave Miletich plenty of notice. Miletich wanted to replace McGivern with Lawler but was unable to as Lawler suffered a shoulder injury while helping Matt Hughes on TUF.
• When asked about how he feels to have Rory Markham back, Miletich said, “It obviously helps, he is one of our A guys. Rory’s fire and passion for fighting definitely is contagious so it’s definitely going to make a difference as it always has. Win or Lose, Rory goes out and people stand on their feet. That’s just the way he does things. It’s pretty amazing and rare when you find guys like that - a Horodecki, a Markham. Guys who will just go out and unleash and throw down with people because that’s what they love to do - they have a warriors heart, they’re not afraid to get hit, they’re not afraid to trade and throw bombs so you know that sort of mentality is contagious when you have guys like that, that fight in the manor, mentality and warrior spirit that they do.”
•Gerald Harris will be joining the Silverbacks to face Benji Radach.
• The IFL still pays injured fighters for training and preparing for fights but they don’t get individual/team win bonuses.
• The preliminary bouts will feature Mike Dolce vs. Nissim Levy and Dante Rivera vs. Lyman Good.
• Otto stated that there was a good possibility that Chris Horodecki and Bart Palaszewski would meet in the Grand Prix.
The IFL has announced that CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie.
CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air a segment on the growing popularity of mixed martial arts, featuring IFL coaches and MMA legends Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie this Sunday, December 10th at 7 p.m. EST.
The segment, done by “60 Minutes” reporter Scott Pelley, takes an in-depth look at the nuances of MMA and why it has become the fighting sport of choice for America and the world.
“The Croatian Sensation” Pat Miletich will be making his long awaited return to mixed martial arts Friday night when he clashes with fellow legend and MMA pioneer Renzo Gracie.
Miletich has spent the past three years with his mind focused on training others and not himself. Instead of getting himself ready for a fight every month he has spent heaps of time working will all of his students taking their games to the next level.
Fans last saw Miletich in action when he entered the octagon against Matt “The Law” Lindland. Lindland made fairly easy work of Miletich dominating him and earning the early TKO win. After that fight it was rumored that Miletich would step into the cage against Matt Hughes’s arch rival Frank Trigg at WFA 3 but Miletich was forced to drop the fight due to an injury he was suffering from.
Since that time Miletich has put his fighting career on the shelf and focused his thoughts elsewhere. His reason for taking a break from the rigorous training and fighting was so he could get some rest and heal some chronic injuries he was suffering from. Well folks, the IFL has come and smashed that shelf down and Mr. Miletich is back and ready.
Pat Miletich sports a mixed martial arts record of 28-6-2 with 18 of his victories coming by submission. Miletich brings tons of experience to the ring being a veteran of the UFC, Rings, SuperBrawl along with other smaller organizations. Miletich holds victories over top fighters such as John Alessio, Mikey Burnett, Chris Brennan, Shoine Carter along with others.
Pat Miletich is a 3rd degree blackbelt in Shuri-ryu karate and a BJJ blackbelt under Oswaldo Alves. Miletich held the UFC welterweight belt from Oct of 98 until May of 01 when he was eventually defeated by Canadian welterweight ace Carlos Newton.
Coming into this fight you can expect Miletich to be ready. He has surrounded himself and his fighters with the people you need to succeed. Miletich’s camp is responsible for producing former/current champions such as Tim Sylvia, Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver, Rich Franklin (close ties) and of course Miletich himself is the former UFC welterweight champion.
Not only does Miletich Fighting System’s has some of the world’s most dominant MMA champions, they also are home to a slew of tough up and comers such as Spencer Fisher, Josh Neer, Rory Markham, Robbie Lawler and more.
One thing fans should keep in mind is the intensity that would have been present at the camp coming into this fight. Not only is Miletich preparing for his return to MMA, he also has his IFL team training along with UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes and former UFC lightweight champion Jens Pulver preparing for their respective battles. You can expect everyone to be ready.
No matter how well prepared Miletich is come Saturday night, it’ll be a challenge to stop Gracie Jiu-Jitsu ace Renzo Gracie.
The IFL has shown they are here to stay by not only talking Pat Miletich in to return to MMA but also signed fellow legend Renzo Gracie. Along with Gracie and Miletich there has been talk and rumors that the IFL will be getting the like of Maurice Smith, Carlos Newton, and Bas Rutten to fight.
Anyways back to the topic at hand. Renzo Gracie sports a mixed martial arts record of 10-6-1 with 6 of his victories coming by submission. Unfortunately Gracie hasn’t had the best of luck the past few years dropping 6 of his last 7 fights.
Much like Miletich, Gracie brings some excellent experience to the ring. Though he doesn’t have near the amount of fights as Miletich, Gracie is still a veteran of Pride and K-1.
Coming into the fight Gracie has been fairly inactive much like his opponent with only three fights since 2002, all of which were decision losses. Both fighters will enter the fight with some ring rust but we shouldn’t expect that to last long for either guy.
Even though Gracie has dropped his last 6 of 7 the losses were to top notch fighters such as B.J Penn, Carlos Newton, Dan Henderson and Kazushi Sakuraba. With that being said Renzo holds victories over the likes of Oleg Taktarov, Maurice Smith, and Alexander Otsuka.
Being part of the ever so successful and legendary Gracie family, Renzo has done well training and handing out blackbelts to big names such as Matt Serra, Rogrigo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, and Sean Alvarez.
Come Saturday night expect fireworks as they two legends will clash in what should prove to be an action packed fight.
Fresh off a new broadcasting deal with Fox Sports Net, the IFL has also announced that the coverage will include a 2-hour special on the Best Damn Sports Show Period. While details of the entire show have not yet been released, it has been determined that the show will feature Pat Miletich’s MMA return against Renzo Gracie.
The International Fight League has announced the matchups set to take place at the International Fight League World Team Championships in Moline, Illinois on September 23rd. The event will be headlined by a match between mixed martial arts legends and superstars Renzo Gracie and Pat Miletich. Also Gracie’s Pitbulls will battle Miletich’s Silverbacks and Frank Shamrock’s Razor Claws will battle Carlos Newton’s Dragons.
Pitbulls vs. Silverbacks
Marcio Feitosa vs. Bart Palaszewski
Rory Markham vs. TBA
Delson Heleno vs. Ryan McGivern
Andre Gusmao vs. Mike Ciesnolevicz
Bryan Vitell vs. Ben Rothwell
Razorclaws vs. Dragons
Josh Odom vs. Rob Di Censo
Ray Steinbeiss vs. Claude Patrick
Brian Ebersole vs. Joe Doerksen
Raphael Davis vs. Brent Beauparlant
Dwayne Compton vs. Wojtek Kaszowski
Renzo Gracie vs. Pat Miletich
Pat Miletich’s statements in the UFC-IFL court case have finally been released covering threats made by Dana White to events that took place during the making of the IFL.
The IFL announced today that Pat Miletich and Renzo Gracie will fight in a future bout that will be the first in a series of fights between league coaches.