Pat Miletich (aka: the "Croatian Sensation") is a retired mixed-martial artist well known for his fights within the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).* He was a five-time defending UFC Welterweight Champion who finished his career with a professional record of 29 wins (18 by submission), seven losses, and two draws.
Pat is the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, which trains some of the most talented and popular fighters in MMA. He has trained and coached 11 UFC world champions, as well as the two-time IFL champions, the Quad City Silverbacks.
Pat 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.
Here is my Q&A session with Pat Miletich:
In your opinion, what needs to change in 2010 to make MMA more widely accepted and mainstream popular?
What needs to change is the monopoly situation that currently controls the sport. Fighters need options and fans' continued support of great shows like Strikeforce on CBS and Showtime is critical to maintain momentum on the fighters' and fans' behalf.
What do you love most about MMA?
The fans I have met over all the years are what I enjoy most about the sport. The fans have been through the tough times with us and helped push MMA into the mainstream. I am deeply grateful to all of those who believed in us and the sport of MMA.
I would have to strongly agree with Pat on this issue.* Business monopolies are never good and without options, the fighters and the fans could be left to suffer.* To read more on this issue, please visit the following link:
UFC and the Game of Monopoly
I would also have to strongly agree with Pat about the fans and the continued support that they continuously give to MMA.*
Every day, it seems the popularity of the sport grows larger and larger.* The fans need to stay positive and optimistic about MMA and the result will be highly beneficial to all of those involved.
Thanks very much, Pat, and have a very happy New Year!
These are my opinions.* If you don?t like them...I have others.* Check them out at www.mrjamesryan.com