The UFC’s first-ever lightweight champion and legendary MMA coach, Pat Miletich, will be making an unexpected return to competitive fighting on Adrenaline MMA’s second-ever Mixed Martial Arts event. Miletich will be headlining the December 11th card against Thomas Denny at the i wireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Miletch currently holds a 28-7-2 professional record, however hasn’t fought since 2006. His return to combat was confirmed on this week’s edition of “Inside MMA.”
The 40-year old Miletich unofficially retired from professional fighting in 2002, however made a brief return to face Renzo Gracie in September of 2006. He lost to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu wizard via rear-naked choke in the 1stRound of the IFL event.
Although Miletich accomplished many feats in his illustrious MMA career, he is best known for running one of the most aggressive and disciplined MMA camps in the game. Miletich Fighting Systems currently trains two-time former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia and WEC fighter Jens Pulver.
Perhaps Miletich’s most recognized protege is two-time UFC welterweight champion and future UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes. Hughes experienced the best years of his fighting career under Miletich’s tutelage, however left the camp last year to form The H.I.T. Squad with Robbie Lawler, another Mietich fallout.