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Every Monday, MMA DieHards takes a look at the upcoming week’s schedule of small regional and international shows with a focus on UFC and Pride veterans as well as consensus-ranked fighters. Here’s what’s going down between Jan. 24 and Jan. 30:
Spotlight Event: Titan Fighting Championships 16 (Kansas City, Kan.; Jan. 28)
UFC veteran and No. 23-ranked heavyweight Tim Sylvia (28-6) goes up against TUF 10 alum Abe Wagner (7-3) in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching…UFC and Dream veteran Jason High (12-3) fights Strikeforce and Bellator vet Rudy Bears (12-6)…UFC veteran Drew McFedries (8-6) meets Strikeforce vet Gary Tapasua (4-1)…UFC and Bellator veteran Rich Clementi (39-17-1) battles Aaron Derrow (4-2)…The event airs live at 10 p.m. ET on HDNet.
Legend Fighting Championship 4 (Hong Kong; Jan. 27)
Legend’s Australian lightweight champion Adrian Pang (17-7-2) defends his title against Yui Chul Nam (10-2-1) in a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching.
Showdown Fights: New Blood (Orem, Utah; Jan. 28)
WEC and Dream veteran Cole Escovedo (16-6) takes on Steven Siler (18-8)…Sengoku and ShoXC vet Brian Cobb (17-6) tangles with Radley Martinez (8-1).
SportFight 29: All In (Grand Ronde, Ore.; Jan. 28)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s list of 10 January Tussles Worth Watching, EliteXC veteran Tyson Nam (8-3) locks horns with ShoXC vet Jesse Brock (12-5).
Wreck MMA: Strong and Proud (Gatineau, Quebec, Canada; Jan. 28)
UFC and Strikeforce veteran Joe Riggs (34-11) squares off with Jordan Mein (18-7) in the evening’s main event…UFC veteran Mark Holst (8-3) takes on Markhaile Wedderburn (9-8)…UFC veteran Kalib Starnes (11-5-1) is slated to face Matt MacGrath (9-4)…The event will air via tape delay on The Score in Canada and live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
C3 MMA Championship Fights: Rosholt vs. Sursa (Newkirk, Okla.; Jan. 29)
UFC and WEC veteran Jake Rosholt (7-3) scraps with Bellator vet Marcus Sursa (10-6).
Capital City Cage Wars VI (Springfield, Ill.; Jan. 29)
UFC veteran Matt Veach (14-2) goes up against Donavon Winters (5-1).
Elite-1 MMA: Moncton (Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada; Jan. 29)
UFC Hall of Famer Dan Severn (96-16-7) fights Scott Fraser (3-1).
Full Force Fighting Vol. 1 (Denver, Colo.; Jan. 29)
UFC veteran Rob Emerson (11-9) meets Justin Salas (7-3) in a lightweight championship bout.
Gladiator Challenge: Young Guns 4 (Elko, Nev.; Jan. 29)
UFC and Strikeforce veteran James Irvin (15-8) battles Mike Crisman (9-19).
KSW Extra 2: President Cup (Elk, Poland; Jan. 29)
In a fight that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching, Antoni Chmielewski (20-7) goes up against Vitor Nobrega (10-3)…The show also features an eight-man welterweight tournament.
MMA Xplosion: International Team Challenge (Las Vegas; Jan. 29)
TUF 8 alum and UFC veteran Vinny Magalhaes (5-5) fights Damien Knight (3-0) in the evening’s main event…Chidi Njokuani (4-1), brother of WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani, squares off with WEC vet Sidney Silva (8-3)…The event airs live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
Rage in the Cage 148 (Chandler, Ariz.; Jan. 29)
TUF 8 lightweight winner and UFC veteran Efrain Escudero (14-2) locks horns with Jeremy Larsen (6-1)…Pride veteran Shannon Ritch (46-73) is slated to face Scott Guenther (3-0-1)…WEC veteran Danny Martinez (13-4) meets Aldo Escudero (1-1).
SportFight X: Middle Tennessee Mayhem (Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Jan. 29)
TUF 10 alum and UFC veteran Mike Wessel (8-2) squares off with Bellator veteran Scott Barrett (10-2)…The event airs live via pay-per-view internet stream at GoFightLive.
Wild Bill’s Fight Night 33 (Duluth, Ga.; Jan. 29)
UFC and Bellator veteran Diego Saraiva (18-10-1) fights Joe Elmore (2-2).
United Glory: World Series 2: Survival (Charleroi, Wallonia, Belgium; Jan. 30)
UFC and WEC veteran John Alessio (31-13) battles Sengoku vet and recent Strikeforce addition Siyar Bahadurzada (18-4-1) in a welterweight tournament semifinal matchup that made Sherdog’s 10 January Tussles Worth Watching…In the other welterweight tourney semifinal, UFC veteran Roan Carneiro (14-8) scraps with Tommy Depret (8-3).
Palmetto Boxing Promotions: Judgment Day (Columbia, S.C.)
Black Watch MMA: Black Friday (Ashland City, Tenn.)
Bloodsport Championships: Time to Bleed! (El Paso, Tex.)
Cage Titans FC: Mayhem (Randolph, Mass.)
Combat Zone 36: Smashing on The Rock (Salem, N.H.)
School of Hark Knocks 10 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Amateur Elite 2 (Elyria, Ohio)
Brutaal: Genesis (Rochester, Minn.)
Crowne Plaza Episode 1 MMA: Vegas Fight Night (Hampton, Va.)
Dog Eat Dog 4 (Leeds, England)
Evolution Fighting Championships 6 (North Bergen, N.J.)
Fight for Pride (El Paso, Tex.)
Fight Lab MMA: Misery Loves Company III (Charlotte, N.C.)
Fight Night 15 (Vancouver, Wash.)
Fight Night at Fat Daddy’s (Alexandria, Minn.)
ICE 51 (Cincinnati, Ohio)
IT Fight Series (Bellefontaine, Ohio)
Legacy Fighting Championship (Houston, Tex.)
Power Fights 21 (Sandwich, Ill.)
RFO: Battle in the Boro (Streetsboro, Ohio)
South Plains Amateur MMA (Lubbock, Tex.)
Sudden Impact Live: Annihilation (Auburn, Wash.)
United Fighting Federation V: Resurrection (Salina, Kan.)
Valley Fight League 29: Mason Dixon Showdown (Chambersburg, Pa.)
Xtreme Knockout 9 (Arlington, Tex.)
Gladiator 13 (Tokyo)
Pancrase: 2011 Neo-Blood Tournament Qualifiers (Tokyo)
Pat Miletich has accomplished several personal goals throughout his career: He pioneered the sport from his days as UFC champion when he won at UFC 17.5: Ultimate Brazil. He then coached some of the best champions in the world of MMA, including Matt Hughes, Tim Sylvia and Jens Pulver.
But despite his success developing fighters, Miletich’s priorities have shifted recently.
“There is a new generation of fighters always coming up. At some point, I have to look into new goals,” said Miletich, during his Monday appearance on “The Ground & Pound” on the MMA DieHards Radio network.
Like any good father, Miletich has turned his attention to the future of his two daughters, ages six and eight. Both are already good athletes in their own right; his eldest has already won a swimming state title.
“I have children I like spending time with,” said Miletich. “Other jobs are paying me well to make sure those kids can go to college.”
Over the past several years, “The Croation Sensation” has been working and training law enforcement and military entities, as well as developing his skills providing color commentary for “StrikeForce” on the Showtime network, alongside play-by-play man Mauro Ranallo.
While rumors have circulated suggesting that Bettandorf, Iowa based Miletich Fighting Systems had been sold, Miletich was quick to correct, “There is a new fitness entity coming into our facility to take over the fitness side of the gym. That is what’s going on.
“MMA will still exist at the gym.”
Miletich hasn’t been a full-time coach at the facility in quite some time.
“My name [being] involved in the whole thing is almost irrelevant.”
Miletich has entrusted the gym to some of most experienced people who have been with him for a long time.
“A lot of people may not know about these guys, but the name guys [Hughes, Pulver, Syliva, Lawler, Horn] know exactly who they are and how tough they are.”
Miletich was also quick to point out that current MFS fighters, including Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez, Joe Jordan and Drew McFedries, will still be training there, along with “a lot of very tough and very good guys.”