36 Pat Miletich
Miletich - "The Croatian Sensation"
& photos by Jim Burman for SFUK
5' 10" 185lbs
: 34 - 9 March 1968
: Miletich Fighting Systems
Pat Miletich, youāre facing Matt Lindland, a
fighter with an extensive wrestling background
on Friday. Whatās your plan on going into this
Miletich : It's going to be a tough
fight, no two ways around that. The way that
Matt fights it's a war and thatās just the way
his style is. He's going to be trying to drop
me on my head and I'm going to be trying to
punch him in his. Weāll just see how we match
up. I plan on hitting him hard, hitting him
a lot and seeing if he falls.
Youāve moved up a weight in this fight, do you
think thatās going to be a factor?
Miletich : Well, it's going to be
a little more tiring obviously because when
you're lugging a bigger guy around. Especially
when you fight a guy the way Matt fights, he
fights like it's a 100 meter sprint the whole
fight. So just by the way he fights and the
way he hangs on you it's going to be more tiring
than just about any other fight I've had.
How's Jens doing at the minute?
Miletich : Jens is doing very well,
he's moving better than he ever has, hitting
harder than he ever has and he's always improving.
Horn, Jens Pulver and Matt Hughes
What's happening with Jeremy Horn as well?
Miletich : He's signed a contract
with Pride, a three fight deal. He fought his
first one a while back and won that and he's
fighting again in April so we're looking forward
The perception is with these guys that youāre
like the head of the family and these guys train
under you. With Matt (Hughes) on the card as
well does that make training harder or is there
more of a team effort than people realise?
Miletich : We do a team thing and
everybody's got to fight so I'm not the only
person at the gym telling people what to do.
If I'm training for a fight and somebody sees
something that I'm doing wrong then they'll
say. Obviously I'd be a lot more experienced
than most of the guys there, had a lot more
years but it's a team effort.
You're acknowledged as a world class trainer,
in fact a trainer of champions as you have two
at the minute, a world class cornerman. What
kind of skills do you think you have to have
to be a good cornerman or a good trainer?
Miletich : As far as being a good
trainer I think you have to have done everything
that you tell your guys to do so that they respect
you 'cause youāve been through it. You can't
tell someone to go run that quarter of a mile
long hill that goes straight up and down twelve
times unless you've done it and they know you've
done it. That makes it a little easier to tell
people to do that. As far as cornering, I think
that having experience in a lot of different
areas, for me I was lucky to have grown up wrestling,
boxing, muay thai kickboxing, submission grappling,
trained with Brazilians so I've seen a lot,
seen a lot of different angles on the way that
people do things. I think it's easier for me
to explain from a certain point of view. For
example if I'm training a wrestler, to explain
it through his view point on how he should improve
himself or a kickboxer or whatever. It helps
to have done a lot of different things.
Have you ever had any real disagreement, or
any incidents where one of your fighters has
said no I don't think I should be doing thatā?
Miletich : No, when I tell the guys
to do something like if I say "go run through
that brick wall"ā they say " head
or shoulder first"ā. They do what I tell
them to do.
Is there anything you want to say to you UK
and European fans?
Miletich : Keep supporting the sport,
I'm looking forward to coming over to England
and hanging out, and Iād love to see the UK
improve in the sport and gain a lot of knowledge
because we want it to become a world-wide, popular
and successful sport.
Thanks a lot Pat.
Miletich : Thanks.
Miletich & Jim Burman
conducted 20th March 2002
UFC36 Interviews by Jim Burman