Today the news hit: Jason “Mayhem” Miller is anticipated to face Michael Bisping. Not only that, but the two will coach The Ultimate Fighter 14.
Mayhem lost his last fight to Jake Shields, and he became extra famous by being the variable that initiated the Strikeforce Brawl, which made the Diaz brothers and Shields look pretty bad after Mayhem was teamed up on by multiple fighters at once.
In his off time, he wrote a lot of Fight! Magazine articles, visited Brazil and raved to Japanese techno and now he’s back to make a showing in the UFC. His previous—and only—UFC showing was a debut against the current welterweight champ, George St. Pierre.
Bisping is on the course to redeem his image after spitting on Jorge Rivera’s cornermen in his last fight, which he won by TKO. Bisping seems to be a bit sensitive to verbal criticism leading up to his fights, and being remorseful, this should make for an interesting meeting with Mayhem.
What can we expect? A lot of antics on the TUF set, which will be refreshing to some, as Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos seem to be uncommonly cordial to one another considering their once-imminent scrap.
If you watch any episode of Bully Beatdown, you will immediately notice how carefree, wild and confident Mayhem is in the sport of MMA.
He regularly mocks the bullies as they are getting beat up, and we shouldn’t expect any less criticism of Bisping, who has become a bully of sorts in MMA. Bisping made an enemy of Dan Henderson when he coached a previous TUF season, and after such antics as spraying Dan Henderson in the face with water, he was knocked out in their fight.
Not only knocked out, knocked out cold and forearmed right in the face, which Hendo sought for good measure.
Will Bisping have learned his lesson this time around? We’ll know soon enough.
One thing’s for sure, though: Mayhem will likely be pushing the envelope from the first scene, so watch carefully.