Pat Miletich Interview
Interview by Suley, from London Shootfighters/Pancrase - who was over in Iowa training with Pat for 2 weeks in August.
Posted 29 August 2001
Pat Miletich - photo by Droc - we'll update with Suley's pics soon
Suley : Why did you start martial arts training?
Pat Miletich : I got into MMA training because I needed a challenge in life. Life was boring to me and I needed something to live for. Something to fight for (no pun intended). I started fighting in MMA at age 26.
Suley : How did your first MMA fight come about?
Pat Miletich : A friend from Chicago who reffed my kickboxing matches got me into a Renzo Gracie seminar. I trained in ju-jitsu for a year, my friend then got me into the "Battle of the masters" tournament in Chicago.
Suley : How did you feel before your first fight ,mentally, and how has that changed with experience?
Pat Miletich : Iwas scared of the unknown. Im more relaxed now.
Suley : Do you have any pre fight rituals?
Pat Miletich : I say a prayer that God will give me the strength to fight my best.
Suley : Who has been your toughest opponent and why?
Pat Miletich : Matt Hume- because hes a very smart fighter, great technique and quick.
Suley : How do you relax/ chill out when you are not in training for a fight?
Pat Miletich : I like to golf and fish to relax.
Suley : When you are at your level as a fighter what becomes your greatest teacher? i.e. tapes, seminars, experiments in the gym .?
Pat Miletich : Having tough training partners and an open mind.
Suley : What, in your opinion, is the single most important characteristic / skill a fighter can have i.e cardio, strength, mental attitude ?
Pat Miletich : Determination.
Suley : Anyone in particular you would like to fight and why? (I think I know the answer to this one )
Pat Miletich : Carlos Newton, we all know that answer.
Suley : If you could train with anybody in the world who would you choose?
Pat Miletich : Roy Jones.
Suley : If you could hang out with/ have a conversation with anybody, dead/alive, who would you choose?
Pat Miletich : My uncle, John Miller Miletich. 1932 Olympic boxer. He beat Joe Louis, knocked him down 7 times in 3 rounds in the Olympic trials. He also fought two times for the world light heavyweight title against Maxie Rosenbloom, L decsision and a draw. The crowd hissed both times, they thought my uncle had won.
Suley : If you could change anything about the martial arts community, for example the media, more $$ for fights or UG critics etc. What would you change?
Pat Miletich : The traditional MA wake up and accept that this is the highest level of martial arts and not hide behind their black belts. I have a third degree black belt in Shorei ryu karate, and I have never used those techniques when I fight.
Suley : What do you think are your greatest assets as a fighter?
Pat Miletich : That I accomplish the goals I set out for myself and most of all turned my life around.
Suley : What three words would your friends use to describe you?
Pat Miletich : OLD WAR HORSE.
Suley : What is the worst MMA injury you have ever had?
Pat Miletich : Torn rotator cuff, torn ligament in my knee, back injury that were all serious. They were all caused in training and not in an actual fight.
I would like to send out a huge thankyou to Pat Miletich for doing this interview from me, SFUK staff and all its readers. - Suley
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