Jason Miller: Michael Bisping and 6 Potential UFC Matchups for "Mayhem"

Jason SchielkeCorrespondent IApril 22, 2011

Jason Miller: Michael Bisping and 6 Potential UFC Matchups for "Mayhem"

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    Earlier today, it was reported that Jason Miller has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.

    Let all the Mayhem Monkeys rejoice.

    Miller has only stepped inside the Octagon once. In that match, he had the pleasure of taking on the current welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

    While he didn't come anywhere close to winning that fight, he showed a ton of heart. 

    Since that match, he has had success in Icon Sport, Dream, and Strikeforce. Now he will finally get another chance to prove himself in the UFC.

    Mayhem may not be on the same level as Anderson Silva, but there are plenty of intriguing matchups for him in the talent rich middleweight division.

    Let's take a look at some fights that could be in Miller's future.

6. Yoshihiro Akiyama

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    "Sexyama" is a dangerous striker and good on the ground.

    The last time we saw him in action, he was involved in an epic war against Chris Leben, which could have easily been fight of the year.

    Since his loss to Leben, he went on to lose a decision to Michael Bisping.

    Akiyama's stock may not be at an all-time high right now, but if one was looking for a good opponent to reintroduce Miller to the Octagon, Akiyama would have to be pretty high on the list.

5. Vitor Belfort

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    Wow, Vitor's wife is hot even when she's pregnant! But let's move along.

    OK, maybe Belfort was pushed in to a shot against Anderson Silva too soon.

    But if you look at the bright side of things, he was able to boost the amount of pay-per-view buys Silva usually draws.

    That loss against Silva has made people forget that Belfort is still a solid fighter. He may not be able to hang with the best of the best, but a match against Miller would be interesting.

    Could Miller get Belfort to the ground, or would Belfort's striking be able to dispatch another opponent?

    It would be interesting to find out.

4. Michael Bisping

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    Geez, put on some pants already.

    Both Mayhem and Bisping talk a big game. For the better part, both are able to deliver.

    While the war of words would be entertaining, the fight would more than likely go in Miller's favor.

    As much as he likes to showboat, Mayhem is a smart fighter. He knows that Bisping's weakness is working off of his back.

    Miller would get this fight to the ground and work him over for 15 minutes en route of winning a unanimous decision.

    Then all the Spitsping—I mean Bisping—haters would be on cloud nine.

3. Riki Fukuda

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    While Fukuda is a grinder, but you cannot underestimate his hands. Although Fukuda lost his UFC debut against Nick Ring, many fans and people in the media believed he got robbed by the judges.

    For years, Fukuda was a force in the Japanese based Deep organization. He has yet to make a statement in the States, but don't count him out yet. 

    Fukuda has generally had success against grapplers due to his own grappling prowess.

    However, Miller has an unorthodox ground game which could present troubles for Fukuda, and provide the fans with a great fight.

2. Chael Sonnen

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    Chael Sonnen is the undisputed king of smack talking. If the battle of words between Mayhem and Bisping would be enteraining, Miller vs. Sonnen would be nothing short of epic.

    Sonnen seems to be able to get under the skin of his opponents with ease. This may not be the case with Miller.

    While Mayhem's smack talking isn't on the same level of Sonnen's, he is the smart arse of all smart arses. The odds of Sonnen being able to get in to Miller's head are slim to none.

    But could you imagine how epic the war of words would be between these two? Sonnen would, without a doubt, take his mouth to a yet to be heard level.

    Miller, in turn, would use everything Sonnen said about him as ammo to fire off from his mouth.

    Then his lack of submission defense would once again rear its ugly head and he'd be crying uncle.

1. Nick Diaz

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    Yes, I realize Nick Diaz is not under contract with the UFC. But Dana White has stated in the past that he would welcome Diaz back to the promotion.

    We can all only pray that he can make it happen.

    Should it happen, White would have to know he would have a non-title pay-per-view that could outsell two-thirds of the cards we all purchase on a regular basis.

    After the bottle throwing, brawl in the Strikeforce cage, bickering, and everything else, Mayhem and Diaz need to fight.

    Mayhem wants the fight. The fans want the fight. It is up in the air if Diaz wants the fight. 

    If Diaz and White can come to terms, you could bet the house that we will see this fight.

    Dana, please sign Nick Diaz.

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