First UFC Welterweight Champ Pat Miletich Next UFC Hall of Fame Inductee

June 29, 2014

Pat Miletich 01 IFLThe next addition to the UFC Hall of Fame is slated to be the promotion’s first welterweight champion, Pat Miletich.

Miletich’s addition was unceremoniously revealed when his induction was added to the UFC Fan Expo schedule. According to the schedule, he will be inducted Sunday, July 6, at 11:30 a.m. PT.

Considered one of the true pioneers of mixed martial arts, Miletich began fighting in 1995, amassing a record of 17-1-1 before debuting in the Octagon at UFC 16 in 1996, where he won two bouts in one night.

He would go on to win the UFC’s first 170-pound title by besting Mikey Burnett, who was a member of Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den.

Shamrock and Miletich were two of the first fighters in the U.S. to organize a strong team training concept and focus on integrating different disciplines, shedding the UFC’s original idea of style vs. style.

Miletich Fighting Systems fighters were often up against Lion’s Den competitors during those early years.

Miletich spurred on the careers of numerous other champions, from Matt Hughes to Jens Pulver, Robbie Lawler, Tim Sylvia, Jeremy Horn, and numerous others.

During his own UFC tenure, Miletich defended his belt four times before eventually losing it to Carlos Newton. He was 8-2 during his UFC bouts and finished his career at 29-7-2.

Miletich on July 6 will join the likes of Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Tito Ortiz, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Matt Hughes, Forrest Griffin, and Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall of Fame.

Of late, Miletich has moved into the broadcasting booth, and currently performs in that capacity for AXS TV.

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