In the midst of a hectic weekend of UFC action, Pat Miletich became the latest inductee into the UFC’s Hall Of Fame.

‘The Croatian Sensation’ first made his mark in the UFC as a fighter, winning the UFC 16 middleweight tournament in his Octagon debut all the way back in 1998, then becoming the UFC’s first ever welterweight champion at the very next event.

He would go on to defend his title four times before finally losing to Carlos Newton at UFC 31 in 2001. In total he produced an 8-2 record in the UFC, and 29-7-2 overall as a professional.

However, Miletich would also make an impact in the UFC as a coach, with his ‘Miletich Fighting System’ team having produced a slew of famous fighters including UFC champion’s like Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver.

In more recent times Miletich has carved out a niche for himself as one of the most respected color commentator’s in the sport, most notably for Strikeforce and on AXS TV.

During Miletich’s Hall Of Fame induction, UFC president Dana White revealed that the reason for a long-rumored rift between the former fighter and the promotion was due to him having been promised a role as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 3 opposite Carlos Newton, before Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock landed the gig instead.

White admits that he handled the situation badly at the time and that Miletich fell out with him due to that for “a long time” due to that incident, but it seems that they have now buried the hatchet.

Miletich becomes the 12th person to enter the UFC’s Hall Of Fame, joining Royce Gracie, Ken Shamrock, Dan Severn, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Charles “Mask” Lewis, Matt Hughes, Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, and Stephan Bonnar.

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  1. Until they remove Charles Mask Lewis from the list, that Hall of Fame will be lacking any kind of prestige. Ok, he was a friend to everyone. Ok, he often sat in the front row at many early events. Ok, he told Tap out gear. I usually save this for your Ronda Rousey articles but who really f’ing cares about that. Do the UFC execs really believe he contributed as much to the sport as Royce Gracie? Matt Hughes? Really? Ross, YOU have contributed more to the sport by writing really clear, unbiased, information and insight to the sport of MMA than a dude with a funky hat making a mint off of sport by selling clothes to a select niche market in a exploding sport. They could take Tito and Randy off the HOF list for that matter because, after all, they are not friends with the powers that be and obviously that is what matters most to this bullshit list.

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