Pat Miletich is an MMA legend. He was the first UFC welterweight champion in the history of the division. Now 52, it was 12 years since his last fight, when he defeated Thomas Denny at Adrenaline MMA 2 in 2008. Since then, he’s been a visible commentator as well as an acclaimed trainer.
However, even at his age, he’s still got a fighting spirit. That’s why he took on former boxing world champion Michael Nunn at Age of Legends in Miletich’s native Iowa. Furthermore, Miletich was actually the younger man as Nunn is now 57 years young.
But that didn’t stop Nunn from claiming a split-decision victory in the kickboxing contest. The former IBF middleweight and WBA super-middleweight champion got the job done in front of about 3000 fans in Davenport. Check out the depressing highlights from this clash.
In their kickboxing main event in front of a packed crowd in Davenport, IA, 57yr old Michael "Second To" Nunn took a SD-4 victory over UFC Hall of Famer and world champion, 52yr old Pat "The Croatian Sensation" Miletich. Scores 39-37, 37-39 & 40-36 pic.twitter.com/0XYnU6mQER
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Nunn’s last boxing match was back in 2002 but still got the victory. He served 199 months of a 292-month prison sentence between 2002 and 2019. The veteran was disappointed that the fight didn’t continue for another couple of rounds. However, the officials weren’t comfortable with that idea.
Miletich tried to keep Nunn off of him with his kicks, but the boxer was able to walk him down and batter him against the ropes. In the end, he took more damage than he would have wanted, but that’s the risk you take when you step into a ring.
After the fight, Miletich explained his disappointment. He believes that he could have made it through the rest of the bout. However, the referee disagreed. It wasn’t the return to professional action that he dreamed of. Furthermore, he wasn’t happy with his physical conditioning.
“I looked like a catcher’s mitt. He got me with a couple of right hooks,” he said. “I knew I had two more rounds in me, but they said it was all over.”
In sum, it’s rare that a fighter comes back after so long out and looks good. Just ask Chuck Liddell who had an even more depressing loss against Tito Ortiz when he returned at the age of 48. Furthermore, everybody feels a little bit depressed after it.
Here he is!!! pic.twitter.com/R3lB7QYr8q
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Meanwhile, there was controversy because of the number of people in attendance. As everybody knows, there’s a massive health crisis spreading across America right now. Furthermore, Iowa is one of the most affected states in the US. Cases are rising across the country every day. In short, that’s why most live events do not permit audiences.
Age of Legends welcomed such luminaries as former UFC heavyweight Tim Sylvia and welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Also, the legendary San Francisco 49ers running back Roger Craig was also there in disguise. The 44-year-old UFC, PRIDE, and Bellator veteran Jeremy Horn fought on the card too. He claimed a third-round TKO victory over 50-year-old Minnesota cruiserweight Marty Lindquist.
“If you’re afraid to come and you don’t want to risk it, don’t come,” said longtime MMA promoter Monte Cox.