Often known as “The Croatian Sensation” Pat Miletich at the age of 26 began to train for the MMA. He had already trained in a variety of martial arts including karate, kickboxing, and boxing. He was very much inspired by the boxing aspirations of his uncle, Johnny “Miler” Miletich who was present at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles as part of the boxing squad. He would begin training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and compete in his first MMA event “Battle of the Masters” in Chicago in 1995.
He made his official UFC debut at UFC 16 and won the very first UFC Lightweight Tournament. During “UFC Brazil” Pat become the first UFC Lightweight champion, defeating Mikey Burnett. In 2001, the UFC changed weight class limits, making Pat Miletich the Welterweight division champion.
After a two year break Pat returned to the Octagon in “AMMA 2 – Adrenaline” where he battled against Thomas Denny in December 2008, and he was victourous by KO early in the second round.




Patrick Jay “The Croatian Sensation” Miletich, known as Pat Miletich (Miletic in Croatian), was born March 9, 1968 in Davenport, Iowa. Miletich is the youngest of five siblings and a mixed martial artist (MMA) well known for his fights within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trains some of the most talented and popular fighters in MMA, such as former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, as well as former ICON Sport and Elite XC middleweight champion Robbie Lawler.


Miletich started his MMA training at age 26. Prior to this age, Miletich trained at Nick Tarpein’s School of Martial Arts in Davenport, Iowa where he learned much of what he knows about karate. Miletich was largely influenced in his boxing aspirations by his uncle, Johnny “Miler” Miletich. Johnny Miletich was a member of the U.S. boxing squad at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles and also fought professionally. Pat Miletich trained with coach Alvino Peña at the Davenport Boxing Club. A friend from Chicago who refereed his kickboxing matches got him into a Renzo Gracie seminar. After training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) for a year, the same friend then got him into the Battle of the Masters, a MMA tournament held in Chicago in 1995.
He continued fighting at smaller events and enjoyed success. He was undefeated through 15 fights before losing to Matt Hume. Three fights later Miletich fought in UFC 16 and won the first UFC lightweight tournament. At UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil, Miletich defeated Mikey Burnett to become the first UFC lightweight (under 200 lbs) champion. The UFC changed the weight class limits again in 2001, and Miletich became the champion of the new welterweight division.
In his fifth title defense (and first as a welterweight) at UFC 31 he lost to Carlos Newton by submission. This was his first defeat in the UFC. His next fight was a KO win over Shonie Carter at UFC 32. After this fight, Miletich moved up to the middleweight division. This was partly due to encouragement by UFC management and because his teammate, Matt Hughes, defeated Carlos Newton to win the UFC welterweight championship. Miletich returned to fight at his new weight at UFC 36, but quickly lost to Matt Lindland. Miletich decided to take some time away from professional fighting and recover from numerous chronic injuries. Miletich was scheduled to fight Frank Trigg at WFA 3 but pulled out due to injury. He returned in September 2006 to fight Renzo Gracie in an International Fight League (IFL) superfight, and was submitted with a guillotine choke in the first round. Afterwards, he retired again.
Currently, Pat Miletich runs the Miletich Fighting Systems gym in Bettendorf, Iowa. A premier MMA training academy where Miletich has trained and coached 11 UFC world champions. Miletich also coaches the two-time IFL champions, the Quad City Silverbacks. In the first national broadcast on May 21, 2006, his team beat Bas Rutten’s Los Angeles Anacondas 4-1. Miletich returned to MMA action on December 11, 2008, defeating Thomas Denny by knock out.
Miletich holds a third degree black belt in Shuri-ryu karate. He has also trained with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Sergio Monteiro and was awarded his BJJ black belt by Oswaldo Alves. He is the cousin to Danny Farmer, a former wide receiver for the UCLA Bruins football team who enjoyed a brief career in the NFL.


UFC Welterweight Champion (5 Time Defending)
UFC 16 Lightweight Tournament Champion
Founder of Miletich Fighting Systems (MFS)
Trainer of 11 World Champions and over 70 PPV and TV Fighters
Head Coach of the International Fight League (IFL) Silverbacks

BLOOD IN THE CAGE : Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC

Blood in the Cage is a well written account of Pat Miletich’s rise from an undersized high school football star who loved to fight to becoming an UFC champion and leader of Miletich Fighting Systems. At the same time, Wertheim details the UFC’s evolution from its early ‘human cockfighting’ days to its current status as the undisputed number one mixed martial arts promotion in the world.

Written by L. Jon Wertheim, a noted sports writer who has been a member of the Sports Illustrated staff since 1997. Wertheim has tackled subjects like the women’s tennis tour, basketball, and pool hustling before taking on this MMA project.

Pat Miletich has created one of the finest training systems in the world.


Miletich Fighting Systems (MFS) was founded in 1997 by Pat Miletich, who was born and raised in the small town of Bettendorf, Iowa. Pat has a long history in sports and martial arts training. His credentials include all-state in wrestling and football, blackbelts in Karate and Jiu-Jitsu, a U.S. Muay-Thai kickboxing title, undefeated in professional boxing, and is a 5x Mixed Martial Arts world champion.
Given the knowledge of these different types of martial arts and athletic endeavors he has pursued, Mr. Miletich has been able to formulate a martial arts training system that enables students of all levels to enjoy the benefits of his years of training. Whether it’s a 5 year old student, a housewife, a business man, or a person that wants to become a world champion we offer something for everyone.
Pat Miletich has trained more world champions than any other trainer in the world and takes great pride in getting a fighter to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts. However, most people do not know that 90% of the people under MFS have no intention of ever stepping in the ring and fighting.
Our Miletich Fighting Systems instructors understand that everyone has the desire to get in great shape, learn how to defend themselves, and at the same time avoid injury. Our workouts have a proven safety record that will enable students to train in a safe, fun, and controlled class setting.
We offer classes for almost every age! There are basic kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, and judo classes for adults. We also have kickboxing, judo, and wrestling for children. The type of kickboxing offered at MFS is Muay-Thai. Muay-Thai kickboxing is one of the most devastating striking arts. The class will teach a combination of boxing skills, elbows, kicks, and knees. Techniques learned during our kickboxing classes are usually preformed on various pads. “Thai pads” are great for combinations utilizing punches, elbows, knees, and kicks while more square “suitcase pads” are excellent for kicking drills.
Jiu-Jitsu is a grappling art that was perfected by martial artists to defend against bigger opponents. Jiu-jitsu uses submission holds such as chokes and joint locks to render an opponent helpless and is an excellent art to know for self-defense. Pat has combined elements from jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and sambo for a very well rounded ground fighting system.
We urge our child students to attend the Dynamo judo program at our school instead of jiu-jitsu. Students in judo learn submission around the age of 13, but are taught a large amount of ground fighting and positioning prior to the submissions. Judo is a modern combat sport that is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques. Judo also uses some submissions similar to jiu-jitsu but its main difference is their use of a Judo-Gi. A Gi is a heavy cotton uniform worn by students and utilized for securing grips and holds on opponents. The use of a Gi translates great into gripping a shirt or jacket for self defense outside of training. While classes vary from location to location, all instructors are thoroughly trained at the head Miletich Training Center in Iowa. Please contact individual schools for specific question about classes and general info regarding their school.
Contact for questions about MFS Training Association:training@MFSelite.com