Wrestling Hall of Fame Honors Miletich


Pat Miletich will receive the first-ever George Tragos award. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum Thursday announced that former UFC champion Pat Miletich will receive the organization's first MMA-related award.

Miletich will receive the amateur wrestling organization's first-ever George Tragos award, which honors wrestlers who have adapted their skills to excel in mixed martial arts.

"Pat Miletich is the perfect person to receive this inaugural award because of his diverse accomplishments," said Kyle Klingman, director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum. "Pat's name was at the top of everyone's list to receive this award because he embodies wrestling through mixed martial arts and, most importantly, through training others to be successful."

Miletich will receive the award at the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction weekend spanning July 22-23. Tragos, after whom the award is named, was a skilled submission wrestler during the 1920s and 1930s while throwing the discus for Greece in the 1924 Olympic Games.

The UFC's first welterweight champion, Miletich debuted with the UFC in 1998 and would go on to capture the belt later that year at Ultimate Brazil. The fighter holds notable wins over Mikey Burnett, Jose Landi-Jons and Shonie Carter and is also revered for his work as a trainer. The founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, the former champion has groomed such champions as Matt Hughes, Jens Pulver and Tim Sylvia inside his Bettendorf, Iowa, facility.

1972 Olympic gold medalist and former University of Iowa head coach Dan Gable will present Miletich with his award.

"I give [Miletich] a lot of credit for the development of mixed martial arts," said Gable. "He is one of the guys who had the foresight to believe that MMA could be a thriving entity. When I think of mixed martial arts, I think of Pat Miletich. He was a wrestler from Iowa who continues to push and believe in wrestling."

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 7 days ago
  • 2 views

Former UFC champion Pat Miletich discuses the class action anti-trust lawsuit levied against the UFC, as well as the possibility of an MMA union or association for fighters. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

Former UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich discusses Jon Jones’ positive drug test for cocaine metabolites. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 3 views

Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia talks about why he announced his retirement on Saturday night. read news >>

  • 20 days ago
  • 105 views

UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock has announced his next move in combat sports: a bareknuckle boxing match.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 10 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC officials today announced that light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been fined $25,000 for his recent failed out-of-competition drug test.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 7 days ago
  • 0 views

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion and UFC fighter Cung Le announced his retirement from fighting on Tuesday. read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 29 views

Not that he's without bias, but you perk up a bit when you hear someone, especially Pat Miletich, say anyone would 'wreck' former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Current welterweight cha read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 views

This Saturday, former Pride and Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson will return to 185 lbs. when he faces Dutchman Gegard Mousasi in the co-main event of UFC Stockholm. And at 44-years old, the vetera read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 110 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones walked back his earlier comments about losing his sponsorship deal with Nike due to his infamous brawl with Daniel Cormier. On September 23rd, UFC light heavy read news >>