With his loss tonight, Jason Miller now holds the unfortunate record of 0-3 in the UFC. Before we dissect tonight's performance, let's look at the shaky ground that the former Strikeforce contender found himself on back in December.
Dana White was very critical of Mayhem's most recent performance. Days after his loss to Michael Bisping, White was unsure as to whether he would offer the Bully Beatdown host another shot in the Octagon.
I still don't know. It was bad. To be honest, believe me, my Twitter has been blowing up with all the Mayhem fans blasting me, but facts are facts. It was the worst standup I've ever seen in my life. I don't know if I've ever seen worse standup. The guy's been in the business for over 10 years. It looked like it was his first fight ever. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen.
With tonight's contest not going as he planned, it's far from a sure thing that Mayhem will get one last chance to prove his worth. Although he was able to stun C.B. Dollaway in each of the first two rounds, Miller was unable to defend a single takedown during the 15-minute fight. Miller was quickly taken down in the third round and dominated so thoroughly that one judge awarded Dollaway with a 10-8.
However, there is certainly a case to be made for him. If Dan Hardy can remain on the roster after turning in four consecutive losses, the mega-popular Miller should be allowed a third try.
After all, Miller has national exposure from hosting MTV's Bully Beatdown, and as a coach of The Ultimate Fighter. Let's also not forget the national news coverage he received after the post-fight brawl in Nashville.
Dana White certainly recognizes Miller's appeal. After all, he is the only fighter to ever coach a season of TUF without winning a UFC contest.
What do you think? After Miller's thoroughly disappointing performances in back-to-back fights, does he deserve another chance? Do you think he has what it takes to hang with UFC middleweights? Or was he simply a big fish in a small pond over in Strikeforce?