Pat Miletich first MMA honoree for Wrestling HoF


The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum has selected its special award winners for the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 includes winners of the Frank Gotch Award, Lou Thesz Award, Jim Melby Award, and George Tragos Award.

The Hall of Fame is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

Jim Duggan, known by his ring name “Hacksaw”, will receive the Frank Gotch Award for bringing positive recognition to professional wrestling through work outside the ring.

The Lou Thesz Award, given to an individual in wrestling who has taken the skills of professional wrestling into the realm of public service, will be given to Jim Ross. Scott Teal will receive the Jim Melby Award for excellence in professional wrestling journalism.

Pat Miletich, a former Mixed Martial Artist and the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems, will receive the first George Tragos Award. This award is given to an exceptionally competitive wrestler who has adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in Mixed Martial Arts.

This year’s George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame induction class includes two inductees—one living and one posthumous—and four special award winners. Inductees into the Hall of Fame are Dory Funk, Jr. and Gorilla Monsoon.

The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame weekend will take place on July 22-23, 2011, in Waterloo, Iowa. The weekend includes a celebrity golf tournament, a professional wrestling show, wrestling seminars, a wrestling round table discussion, an autograph signing, and an induction banquet.

George Tragos Award: Pat Miletich

Pat Miletich is one of the most successful Mixed Martial Artists and trainers in the world. He is the founder of Miletich Fighting Systems—based out of Davenport, Iowa—which trains some of the most successful fighters in MMA.

As a competitor Miletich compiled a 29-7-2 Mixed Martial Arts record from 1995 through 2008, becoming the first Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion at UFC 16 in 1998. He is also a color commentator for Strikeforce which airs on CBS/Showtime. Miletich began wrestling at the age of five and wrestled for Bettendorf High School.

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MMApostle site profile image  

3/8/11 6:13 PM by MMApostle

Blackhouse? Had 205, 185 and 145.

japetto site profile image  

3/8/11 6:02 PM by japetto

LOL @ Captain Obvious.  And Pat is the man.  

Coolface_Awesomeson site profile image  

3/8/11 4:44 PM by Coolface_Awesomeson

1. Congrats to Pat. Well deserved.and2. I don't mean to poop in anybody's cereal, but does this feel (to anyone else) like a grab at the current popularity of MMA?Where was this award 5 years ago? Ten years ago?

TBidness site profile image  

3/8/11 1:50 PM by TBidness

Hell Yeah.So deserving for Pat.TBidness

White347LX site profile image  

3/8/11 1:01 PM by White347LX

Oh man...

RickStorm site profile image  

3/8/11 10:59 AM by RickStorm

Congratulations Pat!!! Whats his screen name again?  is it Croatian

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

3/8/11 10:39 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

This is exactly why i moved to Iowa back in 2004.

MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ site profile image  

3/8/11 10:38 AM by MIKE CIESNOLEVICZ

Awesome! Totally deserved, Pat is a legend in the MMA world. That being said, i still want a piece of him!

romophobia site profile image  

3/8/11 9:25 AM by romophobia

 TTT for the Croatian

JolietJake site profile image  

3/8/11 8:32 AM by JolietJake

Hmmm, I might swing downtown and check that out.