Miletich responds to 'shill' commentary


Over the weekend, MMAFighting writer Michael David Smith did an opinion piece, that while respectful, accused Miletich of shilling during his Strikeforce commentary:

Pat Miletich is the best broadcaster in mixed martial arts at recognizing the action in the cage and explaining it in a way that's accessible to fans. There's no one as good as Miletich, a former UFC champ, at taking his experience as a fighter and applying it as a broadcaster.

That's why it's so disappointing that Miletich does so much to destroy his own credibility by shilling for the Strikeforce product, offering blatantly dishonest analysis designed to make Strikeforce fights and fighters sound better than they are.


Why does Miletich do it? I'm not sure. Maybe Strikeforce and Showtime pressure him to do it. Maybe he loves the sport so much that he gets caught up in the excitement of the fights and overstates things. Maybe he has personal animosity toward the UFC that makes him want to portray Strikeforce as superior.

Whatever the reason, he should stop. Miletich is a good broadcaster. If he ever ceases BS'ing the viewers, he'll be great.

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Pat Miletich then took to twitter to respond, and went back and forth with both Smith and MMAPayout:

I respect @PatMiletich as analyst but wish would give viewers more candid assessment of SF.
10:51 AM Jan 8th

Please explain MDS credentials?
Saturday, January 08, 2011 11:03:03 AM

Address the issue, not the person. Tell us why you beg to differ. MDS is just offering constructive criticism.
11:24 AM Jan 8th

He reminds me of Keith Olberman getting better ratings when he talks about Glenn Beck.
January 08, 2011 11:42:10 AM

And based on your ratings you are obviously a UFC Shill
January 08, 2011 11:46:24 AM

If I were a UFC shill I wouldn't cover Strikeforce Challengers. I follow all MMA and consistently criticize UFC when warranted.
11:48 AM Jan 8th

The most recent rankings I did featured fighters from Sengoku, Dream and Bellator: 11:51 AM Jan 8th

I think he and I can gldly debate the issue on air ny time
January 08, 2011 11:37:28 AM

I look forward to that. Should be good discussion the whole industry can learn from. 12:00 PM Jan 8th via web

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1/11/11 2:48 PM by maxmain


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1/11/11 2:44 PM by JimmersonzGlove

 LOL really?

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1/11/11 2:36 PM by maxmain

and he brings his own condiments in a cooler to after parties 

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1/11/11 2:07 PM by BlackLesnar

I don't like to throw stones, but I wouldn't be surprised in the least to hear that site was/is funded by Zuffa.

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1/11/11 10:57 AM by JolietJake

Pat's a stand up guy and is humble as hell, super nice and respectful to everyone. He knows the game better than most and deserves respect for his accomplishments and talent. Calling him a "moron" is just plain ignorant. Miletich is the man.

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1/11/11 10:21 AM by frontrowbrian

 another one is I think it's a troll job by Zuffa on Crave Online (parent company of Sherdog). Kind of like Zuffa saying fuck you Crave Online, we're letting a very similar site no one has ever heard of into our events but not you.

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1/11/11 9:44 AM by DreamFTW

You guys realise MDS is the same zuffa faggot shill who tried pressing charges on BLOODSTAIN LANE for 'threatening' him on one of BSL's vodeos. What a snitch lame......keep on shilling MDS. Pat is your daddy.

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1/11/11 9:42 AM by grimer

Of course Milletich is biased...he works for the company. This is just as dumb as people complaining about Dana White being biased in favor of UFC. Grow up people.

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1/11/11 9:37 AM by warmonky

Im sorry but some of these sites you folks claim to be "big sites" are just johnny come latelys to me.

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1/11/11 4:03 AM by redneckbjj