TUF 14 Finale is in the books, and to some degree, so is Jason “Mayhem” Miller. Making his second foray into the Octagon, Miller had no answer to Michael “The Count” Bisping’s onslaught—a one-sided beatdown that resulted in a TKO loss in the third round.
Having talked the talk throughout the entirety of The Ultimate Fighter 14 series, Mayhem failed to walk the walk, woefully I might add.
I make no bones about it; Mayhem did suffer a trouncing for the ages, which now puts his tenure in the UFC in jeopardy, multi-fight contract or not.
The question on most people’s lips: Is Mayhem all hype and no substance?
If the answer was the latter, in some respects I’d be more than inclined to agree with it; however, one loss doesn’t necessarily make a fighter bad overnight, especially in the UFC.
Remember, this was Mayhem’s first fight for the Zuffa-based company since UFC 52, where he lost a unanimous decision to Georges St. Pierre.
I’m not privy to what goes on in a fighter's mind come fight night, but somehow, Mayhem’s game plan (I presume he had one) went out of the window. Some would say that Bisping was way too good for Mayhem in the first place.
Though, I doubt that. For me, Bisping was the better man on the night, whilst Mayhem failed to live up to his and the fans' expectations.
Still, ring rust could’ve played its part in his dismal performance—his last fight was over 14 months ago, when he submitted Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 16.
And even if that wasn’t the case, he was still throwing down with a top-tier middleweight who is a fight or two fights away from vying for the UFC middleweight crown.
To reiterate, this is Mayhem’s first fight in the UFC. He deserves a second and maybe even a third chance to prove he’s got the swag to hang with the upper-echelon fighters of the middleweight assemblage.
Furthermore, I do believe he will come good in his next fight (a mid-tier fighter will suffice for now)—all he needs to do is wipe the cobwebs away, dust himself down and focus 100 percent on the job in hand.
Mayhem has got the hype, and I’m damn sure he’s got the substance to go with it.