The UFC Hall of Fame features a very exclusive list of the greatest MMA and UFC legends of all time. While there is no set pattern for who may be inducted, or when they will be inducted, the UFC has given the privilege to certain fighters over the last several years.
The latest fighter to join the ranks amongst Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, and others is the UFC’s first welterweight champion, Pat Miletich. Dana White confirmed with MMAFighting that Miletich would in fact be the next inductee after rumors began circulating earlier this week.
Not only was Miletich an excellent fighter, he was also a superb coach that bred hundreds of young up-and-coming MMA fighters hoping to get their shot in the UFC. Miletich Fighting Systems ultimately produced a bevy of UFC fighters and quite a few UFC champions as well.
In fact, Hall of Fame former welterweight champion Matt Hughes was one of Miletich’s brightest proteges. Former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver, as well as former heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, also came out of Miletich Fighting Systems, which still runs strong today.
Miletich became the UFC’s first welterweight champion (at that time it was the lightweight title) when he defeated Mikey Burnett via split decision at Ultimate Brazil in 1998. Miletich went on to defend his UFC title four times before succumbing to Carlos Newton’s bulldog choke at UFC 31.
With everything that Miletich has done for the sport of mixed martial arts as well as the UFC brand, it is easy to understand why he is the next man to be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.