Jason Miller: Dana White Makes the Right Call by Firing Mayhem

Ryan PhillipsContributor IIIMay 28, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 01:  Mixed martial artist Jason 'Mayhem' Miller arrives at the third annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 at the Palms Casino Resort December 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Jason "Mayhem" Miller was fired from the UFC after a second straight dreadful performance in the octagon on Saturday. The 31-year-old veteran's release from the company was long overdue, and his actions before and after the fight may have as much to do with it as his awful in-ring performance. UFC boss, Dana White, made the right call to oust him.

Miller became a star during a stint in Japan, because of his crazy ring entrances and wacky antics. But back then he was also winning fights. During lopsided losses to Michael Bisping in December and to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146, Mayhem looked completely outclassed. 

Miller's career record now stands at 23-9, and at just 31 years old, he looks completely done. He has lost all three of his UFC fights and hasn't looked good in any of his fights with the organization. 

Mayhem is an interesting personality and certainly has gotten attention for the sport with his MTV reality show "Bully Beatdown." Winning, or at least looking competitive in the ring, is the most important thing, but Miller didn't look like he had a clue while in the UFC ring.

By firing Mayhem, White is sending a message that substance is far more important than style. Fighters, who try and stand out by showing on at press conferences, weigh-ins or during their entrances, must also do something once they get in the ring. A guy with Miller's track record for actually winning fights should have been concentrating on actually getting better in the ring than plotting his out-of-ring antics. 

I'm sure he'll catch on with another organization, where his antics and the fact that he has a recognizable name will make him popular. But as for his time in the UFC, it's safe to say Miller will never get another chance in the octagon.