Thursday, August 24, 2006


BETTENDORF, IOWA--Bettendorf's Pat Miletich returns to the ring when the former UFC champ fights Renzo Gracie at The Mark on September 23rd.
Meanwhile, Pat's protégé and current UFC champ Matt Hughes will also be fighting that same night, but Matt will be out in California for a UFC event, while Pat takes part in a team IFL event here in the Quad Cities.
The two stars still train together, and are drawing enough interest that CBS's "60 Minutes" was in town.
"I don't think you get much bigger than 60 Minutes, so that's a great feeling for us," Miletich said. "We know that we're making headway in that the sport is finally making the mainstream which is important to us."
I didn't see Andy Rooney or Mike Wallace at Champion's in Bettendorf, but the national recognition is still a big bonus for Team Miletich & the QC.
"It does give me a lot of pride in the face a gym in Bettendorf, Iowa is getting national and worldwide recognition."
Among the fighters that work out at Miletich's gym in Bettendorf is Hughes, Jens Pulver and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia.
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