Dana White isn't a dude who takes guff from other dudes on Twitter. That's part of his charm, I guess. If you're a fan and you decide to mouth off to White on Twitter, there's a good chance he's going to fire right back at you, probably while insulting your Twitter profile picture and your meager amount of followers.
That attitude isn't specifically reserved for fans, either. If you speak some nonsense to White, he's going to send it right back to you, even if you're a guy who used to fight for his organization.
Jason Miller found this out over the weekend when a Twitter conversation between him and the UFC president turned ugly quickly:
Kill yourself @danawhite we are all begging you.— Jason Mayhem Miller (@mayhemmiller) August 11, 2012
White responded like he usually does, but then a rare thing happened: He started feeling bad about the whole exchange. He asked Miller to call him, but Miller refused. White detailed his thoughts on the incident during an interview with MMA Heat:
He sent that tweet, I tweeted back, and I was joking. And as the tweeting went on, you saw – that kid's on medicine, he has some issues, and the last thing I want to do is have that kid more bummed out and depressed than he already is. He started talking like a jackass on Twitter, so I blasted him back. Now I kind of wish I didn't.
I'm sure he's not going through a very good time right now, no matter how much he wants to say he is. A guy like Jason, he's one of those nutty-type guys. Has he always been my favorite fighter? No. A lot of the antics that he does, I'm not a fan of (and) I don't like – the pink boas and all that kind of stuff. I like guys that are serious and guys that come in to fight hard and win. But I don't hate Jason Miller or wish any ill will to the kid. Whatever he has moved on to in the next chapter of his life, I hope he's successful, and I hope he does well.
This is a rare moment of reflection from White. And, to be perfectly honest, it's refreshing. I don't think it's a sign that he's changing his methods, because a leopard can't change his spots, but it's good to see this kind of raw honesty coming from him.
Miller's final run in the UFC wasn't what he wanted, and it wasn't what the fans wanted by any stretch of the imagination. But the last thing anyone wants to see is a war brewing between "Mayhem" and his old boss.
UPDATE: TMZ.com is reporting that Miller was arrested on Monday after breaking into a church, spraying a fire extinguisher and taking off all his clothes.