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Former UFC champ Miletich returns for bout with live crowd, loses to 57-year-old boxer Nunn

What pandemic?

“If you’re afraid to come and you don’t want to risk it, don’t come.”

That was long time MMA promoter Monte Cox, addressing the criticism for hosting an event with a live audience during a pandemic.

Despite having around 38,000 cases in the area, the event pushed through Saturday night in Davenport, Iowa, and it featured two fighters way past their primes. 52-year-old former UFC champion Pat Miletich took on 57-year-old former boxing champion Michael Nunn in a kickboxing contest on Saturday night.

Even with the threat of COVID-19, people still attended the show to watch a crossover bout between two of the biggest combat sports stars from Iowa.

Miletich, a UFC hall-of-famer and former welterweight champion, hasn’t fought in 12 years. His opponent Michael “Second to” Nunn, has spent an even longer time outside the ring, as he was sentenced to 24 years in prison for drug trafficking. The former two-division boxing champion was just released early in 2019, but was still able to beat Miletich, despite the layoff and not really having a kickboxing background.

Nunn punched his way to a split decision, winning with the scores of 39-37, 37-39, and 40-36. Watch the clip below:

44-year-old UFC veteran and Miletich’s pupil Jeremy Horn also competed on the undercard, where he won his pro boxing debut against 50-year-old Marty Lindquist.

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