Pat Miletich to be honored with "Lifetime Achievement Award" at RFA 10 in Iowa

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  1. Bevois

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    The RFA is going to Pat Miletich's home state of Iowa on October 25th, which takes place almost exactly 18 years to the day after Miletich's MMA debut, where he choked out three men in one night.

    At RFA 10, the RFA and AXS TV will be presenting Miletich with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" to pay tribute to his remarkable career.

    Read all about Pat Miletich and the full press release here: RFAfighting.com | RFA and AXS TV to honor MMA legend Pat Miletich with a "Lifetime Achievement Award" at RFA 10




    "Pat Miletich is a legend and a true pioneer in mixed martial arts. As a fighter, he was the first ever UFC welterweight champion, and as a coach, he was the first to devise a training program fully dedicated to MMA with 'Miletich Fighting Systems'. Pat is truly among the most influential figures in MMA and is largely responsible for building some of the greatest champions ever to enter the Octagon." - Ed Soares, RFA President


    "Recognition for Pat Miletich's contributions to Mixed Martial Arts inside and outside of the cage is long overdue. We were honored to broadcast the final fight of Pat's legendary career and have him join our AXS TV Fights commentary team soon after. Pat's work on the microphone and his deep knowledge of the sport is second to none." - Andrew Simon, CEO of AXS TV Fights


    "For all the fast-spreading appeal of Mixed Martial Arts, you'll find its heart and soul in a boxy gym in small-town Iowa. It's an unlikely crucible for a sport with global aspirations. But it is here you'll find Pat Miletich, the man who serves as a bridge between the sport's past and future. For most of the 1990's, Miletich staked a claim to the mythical title of "Toughest Man in America." Though only 170-pounds, he was a lavishly skilled mixed martial arts champion who, just as important, became a legend for his appetite for training and his threshold for pain. When the sport resided in the underground and the UFC was consigned to the margins, Miletich was a cult figure, making more successful defenses than any fighter in UFC history." - L. Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated senior writer and author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC


    "Pat Miletich is the architect of Mixed Martial Arts. He created the blueprint that every MMA champion has followed since - you have to have skills in wrestling, kickboxing, and submissions - sufficient to hang with national class exponents in each separate discipline. He was the first UFC welterweight champion, and was greater still as a coach, producing during 2002-2003 UFC champions in three of the five weight divisions. Pat's achievements in the sport will never be equaled." - Kirik Jenness, Official records keeper for Mixed Martial Arts and founder of MixedMartialArts.com


    "I have nothing but respect and gratitude for Pat Miletich. I know I speak for many other fighters when I say that he is definitely one of the greats in our sport and is the reason that so many of us had successful careers in MMA. Congratulations on your award, buddy, you deserve it." - Matt Hughes, UFC Hall of Fame member and two-time UFC welterweight champion


    "The first time I went to Pat's gym, I planned to gauge myself as a fighter. After Pat hit me with enough body shots that I preferred getting hit in the head, I knew I had much to learn. I spent the next couple of years driving from Cincinnati to Iowa, several times a year, to work with the guys in his camp. Without the high level of talent there to help build my foundation, the UFC would not have been in my future." - Rich Franklin, former UFC middleweight champion


    "Pat Miletich is made of the hardest material on earth. He’s an honorable fighter and it is fierce champions like him who made me who I am. I humbly thank you my brother, I am your biggest fan forever." - Renzo Gracie, legendary MMA and BJJ figure who competed against Miletich as a fighter and coach
     
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    He deserves it. While we do not always see eye to eye in terms of what is occurring out there, I respect what the man has did in his career.
     
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    Oliver ‏@OP44
    It's past 5am and no tweets from @RenzoGracieBJJ is he ok? Is he racc00ning someone? Did he decide to open the fed government by himself?

    Renzo_Gracie_BJJ ‏@RenzoGracieBJJ
    lol taking a nap lol ;-)

    Steve McKnelly ‏@denali1
    He's out hunting @chucknorris.

    Oliver ‏@OP44
    nope I heard master Renzo physically lifted the debt ceiling himself this morning.

    Pat Miletich ‏@patmiletich
    If anyone could, it would be Renzo.

    Renzo_Gracie_BJJ ‏@RenzoGracieBJJ
    you are always the best my brother... Thank you Pat.. They ask me for a quote for you. This is what I send them: "I must always embrace my enemy in the end, a sign of respect and admiration for the one who sweated, and bled with me. Memory should always exist so I do not forget the giant and honorable fighter you are. And my most sublime satisfaction is to be certain of who I am thanks to you. If I can stand tall and proud. It's because in my life I met fierce champions like you - destiny gave me a true test to battle with. And he was Made of the hardest material on earth - you. I humbly thank you my brother... I'm your foe... And your biggest fan forever. Renzo Gracie."

    Renzo is referencing the "Lifetime Achievement Award" that RFA and AXS TV will be honoring Miletich with at RFA 10 on Friday, October 25th during the RFA 10 broadcast taking place live from Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines, Iowa. RFA 10 will air live on AXS TV starting at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT.
     
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    The guy was a champ and trained two UFC champs. I'm not sure if any former UFC champs truly trained future UFC champs with full camps. Frank has taken credit in the past as having trained Tito into a champion, but my understanding is that Tito came by his gym for a while and trained a little after their fight, but didn't realy put in a full camp there.
     
  5. Bevois

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    Jens Pulver, Matt Hughes, and Tim Sylvia were all UFC champs.

    Rich Franklin also mentions above how influential Pat was on his career.
     
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    Doh, I left out Jens, I suck. Thanks for the correction.
     
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    Good for him
     
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    Pat Miletich was real Croatian Sensation !
     
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    Pat is a bad ass, met him at a SF event one time and he was very cool.

    Mauro Ranello is a dick hole. Made my buddy delete a pick that he had taken with Ryan and Randy Couture because he was in the back ground of it, even threatened to have him thrown out.
     
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    That would not have went over too well with me. Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. Bevois

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    Always a fan of Pat. Great champ, great coach, great commentator.
     
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    Couldn't of said it better myself. Well deserved.
     
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    Pat not being in the UFC HOF is a travesty.
     
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    He's a fighter that often at times is forgotten, despite what he achieved, quite underrated because of the newton loss. I think he'll go in eventually but I'm not shocked he isn't in yet. If anybody at the UFC ever came out and said Miletich would never go in it'd be bullshit, but he is instrumental in MMA's evolution and deserves a place as much as the people already in there.
     
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    That's the problem with disagreeing with the boss.

    HOF should be voted on by expert panel, as opposed the current set up of executive decision.
     
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    He also trained Mark Coleman for the PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix. An unquestionable great well deserving of the award.
     

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