Despite a cable TV following from his MTV series "Bully Beatdown," over 200,000 "Mayhem monkeys" following him on Twitter, a stint as coach on the previous season of "The Ultimate Fighter" and a slot fighting on the televised undercard of Saturday’s UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Jason "Mayhem" Miller is a man with his back against the wall.
Fanfare surrounded Miller as he entered the UFC last year. The promotion cast him against perennial antagonist Michael Bisping as coaches on their flagship reality show. The show itself came off well for both. 3.5 million viewers tuned in to the Bisping-Miller fight on the TUF 14 finale.
As soon as Miller stepped into the cage however, his value to the UFC plummeted. Mayhem gassed early in the fight against Bisping and spent the next two rounds being used as a punching bag, before being finished off by punches in the third.
White tore into Miller, calling his performance, "the weirdest thing I have ever seen in my life," and comparing Miller's stand-up to "girls from Tae Bo." White openly wondered whether Miller would return to the UFC.
White eventually relented and gave Miller one more chance.
In true "Mayhem" fashion he has gleefully told the media that, "I am looking past CB Dolloway, because I am going to beat him."
The only way for Miller now to get UFC fans to believe the hype is to have his hand raised against Dollaway, or at the very least, put on a Fight of the Night-worthy performance. Because for all his colourful quotes, no one knows more than Miller that an unimpressive performance Saturday night will mean a pink slip from Dana.
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