“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.