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Miller ready to take the UFC Ė and The Ultimate Fighter Ė by storm

Miller ready to take the UFC Ė and The Ultimate Fighter Ė by storm

Jason ďMayhemĒ Miller is a complex individual.

The clown prince of MMA is one of the few fighters able to grow a faithful following outside of the UFC. Millerís flair for entertainment made him an easy choice for coaching the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter Ė and putting Miller across from the hated Michael Bisping is sure to guarantee fireworks.

ďI feel great getting the TUF spot. Itís a little early to start the smack talk but Iím going to beat the bangers and mash out of Bisping after my team smashes his team. Now that Osama is dead, Bisping is the most hated man in America. Everybody hates that guy. I wonder what itís like to actually be hated that much. You would have to put a terrorist attack together to be hated any more than he is.Ē

The announcement of Miller and Bisping as the next TUF coaches ended weeks of speculation as to who would be filling the roles. Former number one middleweight contender Chael Sonnen was rumored to be in line for the spot Miller now holds and has made his opinion known on Millerís selectionÖa fact that doesnít bother Miller one bit.

ďI would be bitter too. But at the same time you canít disrespect Keith Kizer and disrespect their whole way of doing things over there. Keith Kizer actually took a lot of flak from the internet idiots saying that heís a jerk. Heís not a jerk and I kind of look up to him for sticking to his guns. He thought he was wronged in the situation and he should exert his power. He has the power and you canít just stomp on someone who has the power to regulate. You canít lie to or about him and expect to get off. You canít just piss in his cornflakes and expect everything to be fine the next day.Ē

Originally slated to face Aaron Simpson at UFC 132, Miller was heading into the final stages of his training camp when he received the call that offered the coaching position.

ďI was preparing for the fight with Simpson all the way up to when they announced the coaches. I didnít have the most confidence that I would get that job. I had heard some whispers about it. There were rumors that I started about it but I wasnít sure. So I was training for Aaron Simpson and I apologize to him that we donít get to do it because Iím in great shape right now and I was ready to go. I think this TUF coaching spot will be better for me, better for the UFC and better for mixed martial arts in general.Ē

Miller has become a mainstay at Reign Training Facility which is owned by his friend and training partner Mark Munoz. Many consider Las Vegas to be the home of MMA, but Mayhem feels that flag belongs in Southern California.

ďRight here in Orange County is kind of the epicenter of MMA because I feel like the Huntington Beach influence got MMA started very early out here. It was one of the first places to be a hot spot and because of that some of the best fighters in the world train out here. I have a group of guys at Kings MMA and here at Reign in addition to guys coming through all of the time to train, get better and improve one another. This area is a base for mixed martial arts.Ē

The past few years have seen Miller go thru ups and downs in his mixed martial arts career. He recently spoke out on the way he was treated during his time at Strikeforce and now feels that he finally has a place to call home in the UFC.

ďListenÖIíve been living the life of a man on the fly. In Japan they call you two or three weeks out to fight so you just have to stay in shape and be ready for whatever. Then with Strikeforce I kept thinking that I was going to fight so I would get in good shape and then the fights kept getting pulled out from under me. Being in the UFC feels good because now I know Iím going to have some fights and if they say Iím fighting on this dateÖIím fighting on that date. I can finally say I have some stability in my life.Ē

Mayhemís presence in the UFC brings the anticipation of his signature theatrical walk outs and injects some much needed excitement into the middleweight division.

ďIím going to make an entertaining show for the fans because thatís what Iím all about. Itís not enough to just to go out there and fight you have to fight and then put on the biggest show. Now Iím on the greatest show on earth so Iím going to keep this circus rolling. On the internet message boards, with all of the geniuses on there, I feel like Iím a very underrated fighter. Everyone thinks that because my last two wins werenít against top level guys, Iím not any good. That wasnít my fault. I wanted to fight the top level guys but when they stick a guy in front of you then you beat them because thatís your job. Iím a good mixed martial artist, soon to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists and I just havenít had the chance to display my prowess. Now that Iím in the UFC I can fight these top level guys and show that Iím one of the greatest fighters in the world.Ē

Miller continued, ďLookÖDana and Lorenzo didnít get here by throwing a bunch of money at a problem. They got where they are because they are smart dudes. They know what sells and they realize that I have an independent fan base thatís not just UFC fans. Iíll be able to pull some of my fans onto their television program which will be great. It will be fantastic. Itís good for me, for themÖitís good for everybody. Itís good for MMA. Itís going to be fun and it will broaden the horizons for the fringe fans who are just becoming interested in mixed martial arts. My goal is to make this the best season of TUF, the highest rated season and to smash a Brit at the end of it.Ē

For years Miller has remained busy outside of the cage with regular columns in MMA magazines and his job as host of the MTV hit show ďBully BeatdownĒ. Mayhem recently added acting to his resume as he played a role in the upcoming Kevin James film ďHere Comes the BoomĒ.

ďThat was probably one of the best experiences of my lifeÖit was life changing. I really feel like going there and getting to see how Hollywood magic is made was awesome. Getting to see that from a first person perspective was even crazier. Getting to play it up for the crowd was great. I mean it wasnít a very far stretch because I was playing a mixed martial artist anyway so it wasnít a real stretch on my acting range but I will say thisÖit was really fun and rewarding. To see the finished product is going to make my mama very proud.Ē

ďIím going to keep connecting with everybody and Iím not going to stop doing anything. I havenít even updated my blog for awhile because Iíve been so busy. Iíve put all of these things together. I did a movie, been helping people train and then getting ready for my fight against Simpson which isnít happening now. The thing that suffers the most is my writing. Thatís the thing that takes a hit when Iím training really hard but thatís okay because the way I look at itÖIím writing the story right now. Iím writing the story in my life so later Iíll have plenty to write about.Ē

While Miller is always quick to make a joke, he ended the interview with a serious message to the rest of the UFC fighters in the middleweight division.

ďIím charging straight towards the title. Thatís what I want and thatís what Iím here for. Now that Iím fighting in the UFC thatís the title that everybody wants and thatís the piece of gold I want strapped around my waist. Iím going to continue the grind, continue the hard work and show Mayhem Monkeys they have something real to be proud of.Ē

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Love the "Mayhem".

Hope his motivation is UUUUUUUUUP after signing with the UFC.

Now with Chael out, we need another character for some quality entertainment.



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Can't stand him or Bisping, but I guess I'll be rooting for Bisping in their fight.
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