Jason Miller: Mayhem's Abrupt Release from UFC Was Long Overdue

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 28, 2012

Jason Miller's return to UFC lasted much longer than it should have, but the company finally made the right decision to get rid of him following his loss to C.B. Dolloway at UFC 146. 

The loss alone wasn't the only reason Miller was cut, apparently. UFC president Dana White said after UFC 146 there was an incident behind the scenes with Miller that likely helped speed up the process of him getting fired, though no specifics were given.

"I'm not into that stuff (Miller's theatrics), it's not my thing,"  "I don't really care if guys do it, because you see it at the weigh-ins all the time and you see stuff like that. But c'mon man, take this thing serious. You wanna be a clown? You can do that on your reality show. Then something happened here backstage after -- Mayhem's done. He's gone." 

Miller was given another shot in UFC last year, when he was named one of the coaches on The Ultimate Fighter, alongside Michael Bisping, and the two fought in the main event of the TUF finale that Bisping ultimately won by third-round knockout. 

That was a dreadful fight, and Miller's performance was almost as bad. He was clueless in the standup and looked like he had never fought anyone close to Bisping's level in his career, which is far from the truth. 

Some fighters would learn something about themselves after that kind of performance, but not Miller. No, he tried to show the world that he was the same showman he always has been, while not working to improve in any facet of the game. 

Miller's act used to be entertaining, when he was performing in the cage. But when you are losing, those antics don't work for a lot of people. I'm sure he does care about his job, yet there comes a point where you have to act like you do. 

At least Miller can go work on his showmanship now, because he doesn't have a job in UFC to worry about anymore. It took six months longer than it should have, but UFC made the right decision to get rid of him.