For a guy who claims he’s not trying to crap on his former gym leader, Jens Pulver sure seems to spend a lot of time with the press … crapping on his former gym leader. He might just be peeved that every time they mention Pat Miletich, they call him Pulver’s former mentor, his teacher, master, and other words that imply Pat taught Jens everything he knows. Jens – just for the record, of course – claims in this interview with UGO that if that designation fell to anyone, it was to Jeremy Horn. Anything past that was a team effort:
Snowden: “What is your relationship like with Pat today? Have you fallen out with all the guys on the old team?”
Pulver: “How could I have a falling out? Fallen out with who? There is nobody. They’re all gone. There was Pat, but Pat is too busy trying to make cash, making a living. He ain’t coaching people. Everyone always thought Pat had a magical touch and was teaching us all these magical things. No he wasn’t. No. Never. Never ever. It was a great combination of things that left. Jeremy left, Matt left, Robbie left. Matt Pena left. Everybody grew up more or less. We weren’t there anymore. And that’s why the great experiment is over.”
Snowden: “So, there was no magical Miletich secret?”
Pulver: “If there is a key ingredient, and Pat Miletich was teaching it, then that key ingredient would still be there. Correct? The young bucks would still be coming. Correct? I wasn’t trying to talk mess about Pat himself. I’m just ready to go. I’m 34 years old. How long was I supposed to stay there? I hadn’t been home in 10 years. I’m tired. I want to build my own gym. I want to build my own fighters. It’s my time.”
As a side note, you can add LC Davis to the list of dudes who left Miletich’s camp. Honestly though, it sounds like Pat Miletich is losing guys left and right not because he’s a shitty coach or a bastard or anything, but just because no one wants to train in the middle of buttfuck nowhere any more. The days where MFS in Iowa was one of the only real top fight gyms in the region are long gone. And no offense to Iowa or anything, but yeah … if you don’t absolutely have to go there, you probably aren’t going to.