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Default Mikey Burnett: Fight with Pat Miletich in the works

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Jun 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm ET
Early UFC pioneers Mikey Burnett (5-2) and first-ever UFC welterweight champion Pat Miletich (29-7-2) could meet at a future Strikeforce event in Tulsa, Okla.

That's the word from Burnett, who posted on mixedmartialarts.com's popular forum, The Underground, that the fight, which would be a rematch from their first meeting 11 years ago, "is in the works."

However, Strikeforce has made no official announcement about an upcoming show in Oklahoma, which would be its first in the state. A phone call MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) left with a Strikeforce executive was not immediately returned.

Burnett, who hasn't fought professionally since January 1999, appeared on a special comeback season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in 2006. He's recently dealt with neck issues, and in his forum posting, admits that he may not be able to get medically cleared to fight.

Burnett was seen running headfirst into a wall while on "TUF 4." During the once-traditional "house-trashing" episode, he blasted a whole into a wall by charging into it with his head. Burnett filed a lawsuit last year against the show's producers and its insurance company claiming they failed to provide a safe environment and treatment for the injury.

Burnett burst onto the UFC scene and moved to 4-1 with a first-round TKO of Eugenio Tadeu at UFC 16. He then fought Miletich for the first-ever UFC welterweight title at UFC Brazil in 1998, but Burnett suffered a controversial decision loss. He fought once more professionally before his career was sidelined with alcohol abuse and injuries.

Miletich, meanwhile, recently returned from a two-year layoff to beat Thomas Denny in the main event of Adrenaline MMA II. Miletich won the January 2008 fight with a second-round knockout.

The Miletich Fighting Systems founder, who now does broadcast work for Strikeforce on Showtime, has recently discussed his desire to fight again before year's end.

Currently, Strikeforce has only one event officially on its schedule: an Aug. 15 show headlined by Gina Carano and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos in San Jose, Calif. The organization recently held its first show in the Midwest (St. Louis), and company executives have said they plan to do more in the Midwest and on the East Coast.


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Old 06-25-2009, 07:26 PM
Chris F
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I have visited his gym here in the Tulsa Area. I'd be surprised if he gets back into a match.
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Old 06-25-2009, 07:32 PM
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I thought he was still stuck in the wall at the TUF house ...
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Old 06-26-2009, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by rearnakedchoke
I thought he was still stuck in the wall at the TUF house ...
Nah he lives here in Broken Arrow Oklahoma.
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