Jason Miller's Blogs
‘Jacare’: I’m Mayhem’s Tormentor
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, with Marcelo Alonso, on his rivalry with Jason “Mayhem” Miller:Read more
“He’s not my tormentor. I already beat him in the first fight, and the second time that I faced him, I was winning and he did that nonsense. I’m his tormentor, because it was me who won both fights … I’m there to do my job. If they want to put him against me, it will be great. It will be nice to hit a guy that I really don’t like. So, I could hit him with much ease.”
‘Mayhem’ Miller: Door Not Closed to UFC
By: Sherdog.com Staff
Jason “Mayhem” Miller, on “It’s Time! with Bruce Buffer,” responding to a question on whether he’d want to return to the UFC and fight for a title:Read more
“To me, it doesn’t make a difference. I fight for money. … By all means, the door’s not closed to me. I think the UFC puts on an excellent show and consistently offers great cards to the masses, and they consistently sell a ton of pay-per-views. So to me, I think they’re great. They’re fantastic. Right now I have a contract with Strikeforce, and they’re treating me well.”
All Dream 16 Fighters Hit Weight; Mayhem Touts Magic
By: Tony Loiseleur
NAGOYA, Japan -- All fighters on Friday made weight for Dream 16, set to take place on Saturday at the Nihon Gaishi Hall. A middleweight attraction between two fan favorites in Strikeforce veteran Jason Miller and Kazushi Sakuraba will be prominently featured in the promotion’s first primetime effort on the Tokyo Broadcasting System.Read more
In typical “Mayhem” fashion, Miller goofed around at the public press conference by belting out mangled Japanese words and phrases in response to fan questions. In not so many Japanese words, Miller asserted that he had magic in his hands and arms, indicating a confidence in his submission prowess and striking.
In somewhat of a break from the persona, however, Miller respectfully gave the legendary Japanese mixed martial artist his due, commenting to local media about how Sakuraba’s bouts against the Gracie family in the early 2000s were a personal revelation of the paradigmatic shifts in store for the sport’s future. Despite his respect for the Japanese veteran’s creativity and “magic,” Miller asserted he has no qualms with beating Sakuraba, jokingly likening the fight with the storied vet to beating up his own father.
Strikeforce Fighters Visit VA Medical Center
By: Loretta Hunt
Tim Kennedy, Bobby Lashley, Muhammed Lawal and K.J. Noons: Esther Lin | Strikeforce
Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, as well as Bobby Lashley, K.J. Noons, Tim Kennedy, and Jason “Mayhem” Miller paid a visit to military veterans and their loved ones at the Fisher House at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center on Tuesday in Houston.
Fisher House provides free lodging and other support for the families of hospitalized veterans receiving treatment for long-term illnesses or injuries.
Lawal, Lashley, Noons, and Kennedy will all compete during Strikeforce’s live telecast on Showtime on Saturday, which begins at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Lawal defends his title against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Read more
Strikeforce Post-Mortem: Shields, Melendez and the Brawl to End it All
By: Jake Rossen
One of the best get-out-of-jail free cards is tenure. The longer you’ve been around, and the more you’ve dug your heels into a relationship, the more leeway you have to screw up.
A fart on a first date is bad. A fart after three years into marriage is just another Thursday.
What happened in the closing moments of Strikeforce’s second CBS telecast Saturday comes without the security of long-term placement. CBS, burned once by the bizarre behavior of EliteXC employees, found itself devoting primetime minutes to Nick Diaz, Jake Shields, and a dozen other Cesar Gracie shirts descended on Jason Miller after shoves were exchanged and egos bruised. It was awkward, ugly, and hard to recover from.
This kind of schoolyard stuff is not at all out of character for impassioned athletes who are running high on macho-bravado posturing and adrenaline. Baseball teams have swarmed one another; some get rushed with a bat. NBA players have elbowed, kicked, and occasionally assaulted fans in the stands. (Never with bats, but give it time.)
Ball sports, however, have the benefit of history. We’ve never known a world without basketball, football, or boxing, and the idea that any few individuals could sink a national pastime is never given any thought. The sports columnists will scold the offenders, the footage will get some airplay, and it’s business as usual within the week. Boxing can even kill its participants (three in 2009 alone, if you’re keeping track) without much fuss.
MMA does not have this luxury. As a result, scenes like this -- which, if we’re being honest, are entertaining in their absurdity -- do nothing to enforce the idea this is an activity that deserves to occupy the public consciousness. Instead of offering perspective on his impressive, gutsy comeback win over Dan Henderson, Shields is instead left to explain why his site of victory turned into a scene from “West Side Story.”
MMA is still very much in the courtship stage of its relationship with the sports world. As of Sunday morning, it ran out of gas on a pretty major highway. Read more
Awards: ‘Fedor vs. Rogers’
By: Jake Rossen
The Don’t-Listen-to-Idiot-Pundits Award: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, for putting up a better fight than expected against Gegard Mousasi.
Einstein’s Theory of Relativity Award: Jason Miller, for choking Jake Shields nearly unconscious in the third and thinking the bell rang too soon; and Shields, for getting choked unconscious and not hearing the bell ring soon enough.
The Unsuspecting Jimmy Lennon Award: Miller, for forcing Lennon to announce his fighting style as “slap boxing,” a comedy routine that remains just as unfunny as when Dennis Hallman insisted on “cowboy karate” all those years ago. (Miller is wacky. We get it.)
The We-Gotta-Figure-Out-This-TV-Timing-Thing Award: Strikeforce, for bumping the undercard bout between Mark Miller and Deray Davis entirely. Not having an Excel sheet with an event rhythm laid out cost both men wasted training camps. That’s beyond belief.
Update 11/09/09: Sports Illustrated's Josh Gross didn't pick Sokoudjou to win, as stated here initially. He believed Mousasi would take it. The management regrets the error. Read more
Red Ink: Shields vs. Miller
By: Jake Rossen
Most of Saturday’s attention will be focused on Fedor Emelianenko, but the product of that hype may last less than a round: a middleweight contest between Jason "Mayhem" Miller and Jake Shields could be the dominant “did you see?” Sunday talk of the event.
Shields, who has had virtually no problems at 170 pounds, moved up a class in June to submit the dangerous Robbie Lawler; Miller, while never dominant at either class, has a workman’s ring ethic and typically forces fighters to put in their time. Taking two athletes who rarely bend and don’t fall asleep in the guard tends to be worth the watch.
Wild Card: Miller’s guard: Shields will probably get him down, which means Miller’s ability to contain or shut him down from his back will determine how his face looks after the fight.
Might Look Like: Shields vs. Renato Verissimo, with Shields dropping air strikes down to an outmuscled jiu-jitsu player.
Who Wins: Shields is going to have issues with some of the larger middleweights out there, but Miller isn’t one of them. He can negate Miller’s grappling for a decision. Read more
5 Questions: Strikeforce Edition
By: Jake Rossen
What happens to Rogers on the ground?Read more
Brett Rogers is being given (slight) chances to beat Fedor Emelianenko based on his ability to punch a hole into concrete; little has been seen of him working the canvas, where Emelianenko is incredibly slick. In his favor: Mark Hunt, a ground novice who clocked in near Rogers’ 280-pound frame for his 2006 fight with Fedor, kept Emelianenko immobile for several minutes. But if all he can hope for is some brief control, it’s less of a shot at winning and more a stay of execution.
What happens to Emelianenko on the feet?
A victory is a victory, but for several minutes against Andrei Arlovski, Emelianenko looked uneasy and ineffective.
Mayhem’s Thoughts on Shields, Hating People, Instant Rage & Fedor vs. Rogers
By: Lutfi Sariahmed
On Jake Shields:
“Are we pretending to hate each other? Nah. We poke fun at each other, but whatever. We don't really hate each other. I mean, if you want me to, I can hate him in an instant. The easiest emotion for me to come to is anger. I don't know why. It's always been that way. My dad is the same way. He could be sitting on the couch and just snap into an instant rage out of nowhere, and I can do the same thing. To me, it's not that big a deal to hate anybody. But I don't hate the guy; I'm just going to beat him up.”
More on Shields:
“On top of not being able to beat me in a fight, he can't beat me in a damn wordplay either. He talks like a mannequin. The time that we got him on ‘Bully Beatdown’ to say something, he couldn't say anything and he had a script. Some people are made for TV or radio, and I am and I've honed these skills over years of doing it. It's ridiculous. If you want viewership to drop in the toilet, he can host the show.”
On too much entertaining, not enough fighting:
‘Bully Beatdown’ Returns for Second Season; SAT Scores Continue to Plummet
By: Jake Rossen
The news isn’t always good in this space: MMA Junkie reports that a second season of the neurally fatiguing “Bully Beatdown” is a lock for MTV’s near future.Read more
Participants who submit to the “Beatdown” -- allegedly bullies to victims too squirrely to actually fight back on their own -- climb into a cage with a $10,000 reserve: The money disappears the more they tap out or crumble.
I do not begrudge MTV drawing ratings -- or host Jason “Mayhem” Miller drawing a paycheck -- but the incredibly labored mugging of the “bullies” brings to mind the high-school-level hams of pro wrestling. And that’s hardly a compliment.