Mayhem Miller: No Fight Offer Due to Strikeforce Ban
"I could have been making income and capitalizing on the fact that my body is great and I know how to fight." --- Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, MMA fighter
Strikeforce had Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller under contract, but refused to offer him a chance to fight without explaining why. Until the fighter’s contract expired and inked a new one under UFC did Mayhem learn of the reason. According to UFC President, Dana White, Jason Miller was banned from CBS – the owner of Showtime – for his contribution in last years post-fight brawl that exploded live in CBS in Nashville. Unfortunately, representatives from Showtime – Strikeforce’s TV partner – declined to comment on the situation.
Albeit no one told Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller, he obviously suspected. Hence, he made his way into the cage to challenge then-middleweight champion, Jake Shields, for a rematch. However, Mayhem was mobbed by the title holder’s camp. Jason Miller was one of the five fighters to be fined and suspended after the row. But unlike other fighters who were also involved, he was not allowed to go back right to work.
Despite that, Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was permitted to take one fight in Japan, where he won over Kazushi Sakuraba via submission. But after that, he waited out for his contract to expire and quickly signed with UFC afterwards. Jason Miller’s promotional move worked out well for him in the end, but not without taking a toll on his finances and career.
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“Here I’ve been sitting on the bench. I’ve been training. I’ve been working hard and improving, but do you guys think I get some sort of severance package? Do you think I have Bully Beatdown billions? I don’t, trust me. I sat around and wasted a good chunk of my career that I could have been making income and capitalizing on the fact that my body is great and I know how to fight.”