Pulver on Team Miletich: They're all gone

by Jonathan Snowden | source: ugo.com

Jonathan Snowden:  "When you left Bob Shamrock you were looking for a home.  What attracted you to the Miletich crew?"

Jens Pulver:  "All you ever read about in Full Contact Fighter was Extreme Fighting and all these guys.  Pat Miletich, Matt Hughes, Jeremy Horn fighting there.  Sean Sherk, Denis Hallman.  I knew if I went out there, at least I'd be busy.  Because we were only legal in three states.  And I chose to do this for a living like an idiot.  It was only legal in three states and they didn't even have my weight class.  This is what you chose to do?  You've got a job at a high school, you're going to be the head wrestling coach and you do this?  I was hooked on it, so I went out to Iowa, for Pat but even more because I wanted Monte (Cox) as a manager."

"Was there something special Pat was teaching there that made the team so succesful?"

 "People always ask for Pat's secret ingredient.  There wasn't no secret ingredient.  That's why I made that comment about our "supposed leader."  There was no one leader man.  We all did it together.  Jeremy Horn was the leader when it comes down to it.  We all ran after that guy.  We all said 'teach us coach.'"

"What is your relationship like with Pat today?  Have you fallen out with all the guys on the old team?"

"How could I have a falling out?  Fallen out with who?  There is nobody.  They're all gone.  There was Pat, but Pat is too busy trying to make cash, making a living.  He ain't coaching people.  Everyone always thought Pat had a magical touch and was teaching us all these magical things.  No he wasn't.  No. Never.  Never ever.  It was a great combination of things that left.  Jeremy left, Matt left, Robbie left.  Matt Pena left.  Everybody grew up more or less.  We weren't there anymore.  And that's why the great experiment is over."

"So, there was no magical Miletich secret?"

"If there is a key ingredient, and Pat Miletich was teaching it, then that key ingredient would still be there.  Correct?  The young bucks would still be coming.  Correct?  I wasn't trying to talk mess about Pat himself.  I'm just ready to go.  I'm 34 years old.  How long was I supposed to stay there?  I hadn't been home in 10 years.  I'm tired.  I want to build my own gym.  I want to build my own fighters.  It's my time."

Read entire interview...


tags: Jens Pulver (detail)  Pat Miletich   


Get the MMA Underground app. for iPhone and Andriod devices.
iPhone Application Andriod MMA Underground Application

Recent Comments »

Alumynabjj site profile image  

3/18/10 11:53 AM by Alumynabjj

This is the truth and why so many people fail once the are in a leadership position because they try and be the same person they were before as a front line worker. That mindset does not work. The example I always like to give is the ditch digger. Some people believe if they dug a ditch for 8 hours that they accomplished something. They have no idea why the dug the ditch or if it adds any value, yet they can point to the ditch and say, "hey look what I done". That type of mindset is so counter productive as a leader and kills positive results. There is nothing worse in the world than leader who is always running around telling everybody how busy he is. Those folks never get shit done.

IP site profile image  

3/18/10 11:46 AM by IP


IP site profile image  

3/18/10 11:45 AM by IP

Some things eventually run there course for a number of reasons. I'll bet proximity was a big one.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

3/18/10 10:49 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Jesus Joe sorry man..see what i mean..there are still lots of tough guys that i left one out! Joe Jordan has been there longer than almost anyone and is one of the most well rounded guys in the gym and always learning and trying new things!

Graduate1 site profile image  

3/18/10 4:17 AM by Graduate1

Mike J from Canada shows love towards you Joe ;)

joejordanKY site profile image  

3/18/10 2:54 AM by joejordanKY

Mike C showing me no love...lol

Chuck Kongo site profile image  

3/18/10 2:08 AM by Chuck Kongo

The thing about Ken Shamrock is that he didn't give two shits about coaching TUF.He just wanted Tito and the big payday and using the show to hype *his* fight with Tito(not anyone or anything else).He didn't care, he didn't try and he was portrayed accordingly as some washed up flake who only knows two moves(brawling and leglocks) and who's idea of training was bringing in bodybuilders and watching old SEG-era UFC tapes of himself, lmfao.However, if you've ever listened to Ken do commentary or analyze fights(when he's being serious and not some WWE cartoon character)...the guy knows what the fuck he's talking about.He's way more of a student of mma than the stuck in an early 90s time warp caricature he allows himself and often encourages himself to be portrayed as.

Koga site profile image  

3/17/10 11:36 PM by Koga

Even the core group of guys listed above stayed with MFS longer than most fight teams stay together. Don't even try to keep up with Brazilian teams anymore, entire teams come and go in less time than the MFS guys listed trained together under Pat.

BROTHER WISDOM site profile image  

3/17/10 10:20 PM by BROTHER WISDOM

I've always respected the MFS guys. There was a point in time that they were the best squad in mma

Dongbar site profile image  

3/17/10 8:00 PM by Dongbar

Mike C-is Drew really still there? Did Pat and him bury the hachet after that very public spat?