Jason 'Mayhem' Miller and the Most Deserved Cuts in UFC History
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Following his unanimous decision loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146 this past weekend, Jason "Mayhem" Miller was cut from the promotion due to some "crazy sh*t backstage." It would be the second time that Miller was cut from the UFC and likely the final time as well.
However, Miller was not the first fighter to get cut by the UFC after some shenanigans. MMA, being the volatile sport that it is, has had its fair share of head cases and drunkards that have put the UFC's reputation at risk.
In every case, the punishment has been swift and just. From Jason Miller to Josh Barnett and everyone in between, let's take a look at the most deserved terminations in UFC history.
In an alternate universe, Jesse Taylor was crowned champion of the seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately for Taylor, that's not the universe we live in. Instead of fighting on the finale, Jesse Taylor was pulled in post-production and replaced by C.B. Dollaway.
Once the season wrapped, Taylor, along with four other cast mates, decided to stay an extra night in Las Vegas to blow off some steam. They were staying at the Fertitta-owned Palace Station Casino when everything went wrong.
In a night filled with boozing, Taylor kicked the back window out of a limousine before entering the hotel where he "terrorized" female guests. When approached by security, Taylor got belligerent and started yelling about how he was "a UFC fighter." That stunt cost Taylor his spot at the finale.
He would receive an opportunity to fight in the UFC at Ultimate Fight Night 14 against C.B. Dollaway. He was choked out in just under four minutes and received his walking papers post-fight. He's been fighting on the regional scene ever since.
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Nate Marquardt proved that no matter how talented a fighter can be, if they cross Dana White, they will be cut from the promotion. Marquardt was scheduled to fight Rick Story in the main event of UFC on Versus 4 on June 26, 2011. I say "scheduled" because he actually never made it to the cage.
Nate Marquardt was pulled from the fight the day of the weigh-ins due to not receiving "medical clearance." Dana White tweeted a video saying that Nate Marquardt was cut from the UFC for not meeting the "medical requirements."
Nate and his manager went on the MMA Hour the following Monday and explained to Ariel Helwani that Marquardt needed testosterone replacement therapy and failed to fall into the allowable levels of testosterone set by the Pennsylvania commission.
Had Marquardt not have been in the main event and had this not been the first time he was surrounded by controversy, he likely would not have been cut. However, in his debut with the promotion, he tested positive for Nandrolone.
Nate is employed by Zuffa once again and will be fighting Tyron Woodley at Strikeforce: Rockhold vs Kennedy.
"Do you know who I am bro?"
Those seven words have come to define the once promising career of Karo Parisyan. It's a shame, because there was a point when he was considered one of the best welterweight fighters in the world.
Parisyan is a warning for many young fighters who receive a lot of attention before being able to maturely handle it. He was scheduled to face Yoshiyuki Yoshida but was forced to pull out due to a back injury. It was during the healing process that he got hooked on painkillers.
In his return bout, he faced Dong Hyun Kim and tested positive for Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone and Oxymorphone. He was suspended by the commission and would be sidelined for nine months. His return was scheduled for UFC 106 against Dustin Hazelett, but the fight never happened. Parisyan pulled out a day before the weigh-ins.
Dana White announced on Twitter that night that Parisyan would "not be fighting Saturday or ever again in the UFC!!" He also said that Parisyan gave him a ton of excuses.
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Is there ever an appropriate time to sucker punch an opponent? Paul Daley thought so. Following his loss to Josh Koscheck at UFC 113, Daley took a swing at the former AKA fighter. Referee Dan Miragliotta subdued Daley before it could escalate further.
After the event, the attending media spoke with UFC President Dana White, who was quoted saying, "He'll never come back, I don't care if he's the best 170-pounder in the world. He's never coming back here. There's no excuse for that. You never hit a guy like that after the bell."
White has kept his word. Daley has not been back to the UFC and likely will never return.
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Josh Barnett holds the distinction of being the only UFC champion to be cut from the organization.
Following his UFC 36 victory over Randy Couture to capture the heavyweight belt, Barnett was forced to vacate the title when his post-fight drug test came back positive for three banned substances. It was the second drug test failure of his UFC career and would make the decision to cut Barnett pretty simple.
In the years that followed, Barnett maintained his innocence. He also shifted the blame from himself to Zuffa, saying that they were responsible for his failures.
There is a chance that Barnett joins the UFC roster this year. If so, it would be the first time in over a decade that Barnett fights in the UFC Octagon.
Fabricio Werdum's UFC career got off to a rough start when he faced Andrei Arlovski at UFC 70 in one of the most boring fights of all time.
Following that performance, he put together two impressive wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera. Those two wins put him in the discussion for number one contention. The UFC decided to keep him busy against an unheralded newcomer named Junior dos Santos.
In less than 90 seconds, Junior put Werdum to sleep with a lead uppercut and crushed any title hopes that Werdum had. The UFC wanted to renegotiate his contract following the upset, but Werdum declined.
That decision would ultimately cost him his job, as the UFC terminated his existing contract. It seems no one told Werdum, as he denied that he was cut from the UFC.
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Jason "Mayhem" Miller may be one of the most controversial fighters in MMA.
He was the cause of the riot after Strikeforce: Nashville, where he crashed the post-fight interview of Jake Shields following his decision win over Dan Henderson. This riot has become notorious for Gus Johnson's statement, "Sometimes these things happen in MMA."
After being sidelined for over a year, Miller was signed by the UFC and named coach of the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite of Michael Bisping. The two would meet at the finale in Las Vegas. Miller looked good in the first round but faded and was ultimately stopped in the third round.
Dana White was critical of his performance but gave "Mayhem" another shot in the octagon at UFC 146 against C.B. Dollaway. In the lead-up, "Mayhem" was quoted as saying that he would retire if Dollaway beat him. The lackluster bout saw C.B. outwrestle Miller and win a unanimous decision.
After the bout, some shenanigans occurred backstage that caused Dana White to cut "Mayhem" from the promotion. While nothing has been confirmed by Bleacher Report, MiddleEasy.com has a breakdown of the events in this week's Sunday Morning Rumor Mill.