Jason Miller (fighter)
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|Born||Jason Nicholas Miller
December 24, 1980
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
|Residence||Mission Viejo, California|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)|
Light Heavyweight (2006)
|Reach||76.0 in (193 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Huntington Beach, California|
Reign Training Center
|Years active||1997–2012, 2013 - Present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jason Nicholas Miller (born December 24, 1980) best known as Mayhem Miller is a television personality and a American mixed martial arts middleweight fighter who has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, WFA, WEC, and DREAM. Miller trains at Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California and at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California. Miller was the host of MTV's reality series Bully Beatdown and occasionally appears for "Mayhem Mondays" on The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius satellite radio. He holds notable wins over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Dennis Kang and Kazushi Sakuraba.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Controversies
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Mixed martial arts record
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Miller was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and he grew up in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Miller's father was an 82nd Airborne paratrooper in the United States Army. After Miller was expelled from high school for fighting, he and his family had to move 40 miles so that he could go to school into a new district. Miller, knowing that he wanted to compete professionally, joined his new school's wrestling team and would challenge the instructors of karate schools to spar. He was guided by a judo instructor to attend one of the first mixed martial arts schools. Miller had his first fight in Virginia Beach when he was 17 years old, against 27 year old Al "Superman" Dill. Miller won the fight and officially began his MMA career.
Mixed martial arts career
After his submission win over Ronald Jhun, earning Miller his first Superbrawl Championship, a riot broke out and Miller was punched in the back of the head by a fellow fighter, Mark Moreno. This set the stage for a grudge match, and Miller dominated Moreno, finishing him with an armbar at the end of round one making the shaka sign before finishing him.
On September 2, 2006, Mayhem won the Icon Sport Middleweight title from Robbie Lawler in a back and forth battle. After being staggered and nearly finished by Lawler, Mayhem secured an arm triangle and won in the third round. In December of the same year, Mayhem lost his first title defense to Frank Trigg via TKO in the second round, a fight many thought he was the favorite to win.
Mayhem stepped into the Dream 4 tournament on short notice and scored an impressive win in the semifinals, he was eliminated by Ronaldo Souza in the quarterfinals. Miller lost a unanimous decision to "Jacare" in a fast paced grappling style bout that saw him escape submission after submission.
After back and forth battles of words on Japanese, Brazilian and American media, Miller and Souza fought again, but this time for the Dream Middleweight belt. (the title was vacant as Gegard Mousasi moved to the Light Heavyweight division). The fight ended in a no-contest when Miller landed a soccer kick to Souza's forehead (formerly a legal strike, but had been outlawed), which opened a large gash and prompted a doctor stoppage. Both fighters agreed to face each other in an event in September 2009. The match was canceled after Souza signed with the Strikeforce promotion.
Miller fought Jake Shields on November 7, 2009 on CBS as a part of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Rogers. The fight was for the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship as Cung Le stepped down as champion. After a brief punching exchange that staggered Shields, the fight was mostly grappling, Miller lost via unanimous decision. The closest the match came to ending was in the third round when Miller secured a rear naked choke on Shields, but time ended before Shields tapped out.
Miller was expected to face Robbie Lawler on June 16, 2010 at Strikeforce: Los Angeles, but was removed from the card after the Tennessee Athletic Commission suspended him for his part in the Nashville Brawl. After Shields' win over UFC veteran and former Pride FC Welterweight and Middlweight Champion Dan Henderson, Mayhem confronted Jake Shields for a title rematch. Although Jake was not surprised, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, and the rest of Team Gracie fought with Miller in the cage, prompting CBS announcer Gus Johnson to say "Gentlemen, we are on national television." 
Although Mayhem aggressively called out Nick Diaz, the bout never materialized. Mayhem instead fought Kazushi Sakuraba on September 25, at Dream 16. In pre-fight interviews, Mayhem stated that he wished to be one of the only people to submit Sakuraba, "the Gracies couldn't do it, I want to". He would go on to do just that, and win the fight via arm triangle choke.
On April 22, 2011, Miller announced via Twitter that he had signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC due to his Strikeforce contract expiring.
Strikeforce: Nashville brawl
On April 17, 2010, following Jake Shields' victory over Dan Henderson, Miller entered the cage, without proper approval, during Shields' post-fight interview. During that interview, Mayhem interrupted Shields and asked "Where's my rematch, buddy?" Gilbert Melendez and Shields responded by pushing Miller away, and Nick Diaz then threw a punch at Miller which started a brawl. Members of the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu camp, including Melendez, Nick and Nate Diaz, attacked Miller while he was held down on the canvas by other members of the Gracie camp. The fight was eventually broken up by referees, members of Dan Henderson's corner and the promoter's security personnel. Miller and five other participants in the brawl were each given three-month suspensions, and fines ranging between $5,000 and $7,500.
Following the events of the Nashville Brawl, Miller expressed an interest in fighting Nick Diaz. The 170 lb Diaz refused stating he was the Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and needed to continue to fight at that weight. He requested Miller move down to 170 lb to fight him. Miller continued to attempt to set up a fight, offering 183 lb as a catchweight. Diaz counter-offered a catchweight of 181 lb. Scott Coker, CEO of Strikeforce was interested in setting up the fight, but failed to do so as Zuffa took over Strikeforce.
Return to the UFC
Miller was expected to face Aaron Simpson on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132. However, on May 27, 2011, it was revealed that Miller would be one of the coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Season 14, opposite to Michael Bisping Miller was replaced by Brad Tavares on the UFC 132 card.
Although Miller showed himself to be arguably one of the best coaches to appear on The Ultimate Fighter, he was defeated by Bisping on December 3, 2011 at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Round 1 was controlled by Miller with grappling, but Miller uncharacteristically tired after that round, and was defeated via TKO at 3:34 of the third round. It is speculated that he had some type of injury before the bout.
Miller was then defeated by CB Dollaway on May 26, 2012 at UFC 146, (29-28, 30-26, 29-28). After dropping Dollaway with a right hand, Miller appeared to injure his left knee. He was taken down for the rest of the fight and lost via unanimous decision. Mayhem had very publicly stated on his Twitter page that if he lost the fight, he would retire.
One day following the loss, Dana White ignored Miller's statement of retirement, instead opting to publicly fire Miller. White cited unspecified "backstage antics" on the part of Miller as a partial reason for the cut as well as Miller being a "clown" in his wardrobe choices before the fight. Miller later stated his side of the story, describing it as a brief confrontation with backstage official Burt Watson over Miller's attempt to wear a gasmask and colorful paper bag over his face for his walk-out.
2013 Return To MMA
On October 26, 2013 Miller announced on his official Twitter page that he will be returning to MMA. Mayhem is no longer under contract with the UFC, and no promotions have been mentioned in his return.
Miller had charges against him made and then later dropped by his sister. The incident involved a house party in which Mayhem placed his sister in a headlock after she intended to drive away while intoxicated.
On August 13, 2012, Miller was arrested on suspicion of burglary after being found wearing a robe sleeping on a sofa in the Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo, California. He was released on $20,000 bond. The arrest came days after a heated Twitter exchange with UFC President Dana White in which he and White argued over the circumstances of Mayhem's retirement, in which Miller suggested that White "kill himself". Charges were later dropped, as the pastor, Brian Anderson, came forward in defense of Miller.
MMA Hour incident
On October 8, 2012, Miller appeared on internet talk-show, the MMA Hour, and caused tension with its host, and Miller's long-time friend, Ariel Helwani by acting very strangely. Miller was promoting an upcoming movie, Here Comes the Boom, and portrayed his character from the movie (Lucky Patrick) throughout the entire interview. "Patrick" became upset when Ariel Helwani, obviously disturbed by recent news of Miller's strange arrest, and unwillingness to break character- continued to pressure him to give the interview as Jason Miller. The fictional Patrick, stormed off of the set in a rage. It has been speculated that Miller manufactured the entire stunt attempting to promote his new movie by causing the church incident and acting as "Lucky Patrick" during the entire, extremely uncomfortable interview. Throughout the interview, Miller, acting as "Patrick" threw around several action figures owned by Ariel Helwani in a seemingly disrespectful manner, made racially insensitive remarks, and took a t-shirt with him as he left.
Two weeks later, on October 23, 2012, Miller appeared on the MMA Hour again. In an hour long interview taking place in Central Park in New York City, Mayhem came clean on his arrest, his future, and his strange behavior. He stated that it was a social experiment, and he was curious whether the "MMA community would open its arms and support a fighter who appears to be going through mental health issues" or "rip him apart." He said that the MMA community did not try to support him when he appeared in need of help, but rather let him run his course, not stepping in to help. He stated that "They'd done the same thing to Evan Tanner, a troubled former UFC champion who died after a battle with alcoholism and mental health issues." Mayhem also spoke about why he decided to retire, and what he plans to do next. He also returned the t-shirt taken from the set and donated the jacket he wore as "Lucky Patrick" in Here Comes the Boom to the MMA Hour.
2013 Domestic Violence Arrests
Miller was arrested on charges of domestic violence on August 11, 2013 and released on bail on August 12. On August 22, 2013 he was arrested again on a new charge of domestic abuse. In court on August 26 the two charges were combined into one case with two felony counts of "corporal injury of spouse" and details of the complaint, including kicking, choking, and urinating on his alleged victim, were released. Miller plead "Not Guilty" and his bail was reset at $100,000. On October 9 Miller was arrested and on October 10 booked for a misdemeanor Contempt of Court charge for violating a "Stay Away" order.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed Martial Arts
- Icon Sport
- Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Welterweight Championship (One time)
- World MMA Awards
- Most Memorable Ring Entrance 2010 & 2011
- Grapplers Quest Champion 2001, 2003, 2004
- Best in the West Champion 2003
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|38 matches||28 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||28–9 (1)||C.B. Dollaway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 146||May 26, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||28–8 (1)||Michael Bisping||TKO (knees to the body & punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale||December 3, 2011||3||3:34||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||28–7 (1)||Kazushi Sakuraba||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Dream 16||September 25, 2010||1||2:09||Nagoya, Japan|
|Win||27–7 (1)||Tim Stout||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce: Nashville||April 17, 2010||1||3:09||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Loss||26–7 (1)||Jake Shields||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers||November 7, 2009||5||5:00||Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States||For the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.|
|NC||26–6 (1)||Ronaldo Souza||NC (cut via illegal soccer kick)||Dream 9||May 26, 2009||1||2:33||Yokohama, Japan||For vacant Dream Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||26–6||Kala Hose||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Kingdom MMA: Miller vs. Hose||April 18, 2009||1||2:27||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||25–6||Ronaldo Souza||Decision (unanimous)||Dream 4||June 15, 2008||2||5:00||Yokohama, Japan||Dream MWGP Quarter-Final.|
|Win||25–5||Katsuyori Shibata||TKO (punches)||Dream 3||May 11, 2008||1||6:57||Saitama, Japan||Dream MWGP Opening Round.|
|Win||24–5||Tim Kennedy||Decision (unanimous)||HDNet Fights – Reckless Abandon||December 15, 2007||3||5:00||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||23–5||Hiromitsu Miura||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 27||May 12, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–5||Hector Urbina||TKO (punches)||Icon Sport: Epic||March 31, 2007||1||1:11||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||21–5||Frank Trigg||TKO (corner stoppage)||Icon Sport – Mayhem vs Trigg||December 1, 2006||2||2:53||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Lost Icon Sport Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||21–4||Robbie Lawler||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Icon Sport – Mayhem vs Lawler||September 2, 2006||3||2:50||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won Icon Sport Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||20–4||Lodune Sincaid||Submission (rear-naked choke)||WFA: King of the Streets||July 22, 2006||1||4:29||Los Angeles, California, United States||Fought at 205 lbs.|
|Win||19–4||Stefan Gamlin||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Icon Sport – Mayhem vs Giant||May 26, 2006||1||0:46||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Fought at Heavyweight.|
|Win||18–4||Falaniko Vitale||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Icon Sport – Opposites Attract||October 28, 2005||2||2:41||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Moves up to 185 lbs. Vacates Welterweight Title.|
|Win||17–4||Mark Moreno||Submission (armbar)||Superbrawl – Icon||July 23, 2005||1||4:54||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||175 lb Catchweight bout.|
|Loss||16–4||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 52||April 16, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Fought at 170 lbs.|
|Win||16–3||Joshua Hancock||Decision (unanimous)||ISCF: Domination at the DAC||November 20, 2004||3||5:00||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||15–3||Ronald Jhun||Technical Submission (arm-triangle choke)||SB 37 – SuperBrawl 37||October 16, 2004||2||N/A||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States||Won Superbrawl Welterweight Title.|
|Win||14–3||Egan Inoue||TKO (corner stoppage)||SB 32 – SuperBrawl 32||December 5, 2003||2||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||13–3||Sean Taylor||Submission (triangle choke)||SB 31 – SuperBrawl 31||September 20, 2003||2||3:32||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||12–3||Mark Longworth||Submission (guillotine choke)||PFC – Put Up or Shut Up||August 23, 2003||2||N/A||Upland, California, United States|
|Win||11–3||Jay Buck||Decision (split)||SB 30 – Collision Course||June 13, 2003||3||3:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Loss||10–3||Tim Kennedy||Decision (unanimous)||EC 50 – Extreme Challenge 50||February 23, 2003||3||5:00||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||10–2||Denis Kang||Submission (rear-naked choke)||EC 50 – Extreme Challenge 50||February 23, 2003||2||1:41||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||9–2||Todd Carney||TKO (corner stoppage)||FFP – February Fight Party||February 1, 2003||1||2:31||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Todd Carney||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||ISCF – Atlanta||August 16, 2002||1||1:32||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||8–1||Scott Forrester||Decision (unanimous)||Underground Fight Club 6||August 10, 2002||2||5:00||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
|Win||7–1||Phil Ensminger||Submission (triangle choke)||RFC1 – The Beginning||July 13, 2002||1||3:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–1||Toby Imada||Decision (unanimous)||XP 2 – Xtreme Pankration 2||April 12, 2002||2||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||5–1||Chael Sonnen||Decision (unanimous)||HFP 1 – Rumble on the Reservation||March 30, 2002||2||5:00||Anza, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Todd Carney||Submission (rear-naked choke)||ISCF – Battle at the Brewery 2001||December 8, 2001||2||2:53||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||4–0||Brian Warren||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UP 1 – Ultimate Pankration 1||November 11, 2001||1||3:15||Cabazon, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Chris Connelly||Decision (unanimous)||Underground Fight Club 4||November 9, 2001||2||5:00||Clay, Alabama, United States|
|Win||2–0||Tommy Laguwans||TKO (corner stoppage)||Rage in the Cage 27||April 28, 2001||1||3:00||Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||1–0||Al Dill||Decision (unanimous)||N/A||April 1998||3||5:00||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
Miller appears regularly on The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius XM Radio Faction (Sirius XM) XM 52 Sirius 41 on "Mayhem Mondays!!" as both a mixed martial arts expert and comedian, sharing amusing anecdotes and opinions.
Miller also appears briefly in several music videos of Jason Ellis' band "TaintStick"
Miller also authors a monthly article for Fight! Magazine with humorous articles on serious subjects.
He is the host of the MTV reality series Bully Beatdown in which he challenges bullies to a fight with other professional fighters, and if they accept, they have the opportunity to win $10,000. If the bully loses, the person he picked on wins the $10,000. In the first episode of the show's third season, Miller went on to take on the bully himself, making him lose all $10,000. Miller affectionately called his fans Mayhem Monkeys and himself the leader of the "monkey cult" and had a fan club of numbered monkeys.
Jason Miller appeared on G4's American Ninja Warrior, making it through the qualifying round with a time of 2:55.0. He was later eliminated in the second qualifying round.
On September 28, 2011, Jason Miller appeared on the podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience".
- Edward Sugimoto. "Monkeying Around with Jason "Mayhem" Miller".
- My First Fight: 'Mayhem' Miller - MMA Fighting
- Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza signs with Strikeforce
- Loretta Hunt. "Lawler-Sobral Set for June 16; Strikeforce Expects ‘Mayhem’ To Be Suspended".
- "Joe Rogan & Mayhem Miller talk more Strikeforce, UFC, and Bully Beatdown!". YouTube. 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- Loretta Hunt. "Mayhem-Sakuraba Agreed for Dream 16".
- Helwani, Ariel (2011-04-22). "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Signs With UFC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- Loretta Hunt. "Coker on King Mo-Babalu Stalemate, International Shows, 135 Women’s Tourney, Kharitonov Signing and More".
- Scott Coker Thinks Nick Diaz vs. Mayhem Miller Will Happen Within Year - MMA Fighting
- Ariel Helwani. "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Signs With UFC".
- "Jason "Mayhem" Miller faces Aaron Simpson in his return at UFC 132 in July". MMA Weekly. April 23, 2011.
- ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" coaches? Michael Bisping and "Mayhem" Miller". Retrieved 27 May 2011.
- "UFC 132: Aaron Simpson vs Brad Tavares fight booked for July 2 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. May 31, 2011.
- Fowlkes, Ben. "Following Backstage Incident, UFC 146 Loss, Jason 'Mayhem' Miller 'Done' in UFC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2012-07-27.
- "Mayhem Miller Talks Backstage Incident, Retirement". Fight Line. May 28, 2012.
- j (mayhemmiller) on Twitter
- "'Mayhem' Miller: Arrest for Assaulting Sister 'Now All Over With'".
- "UFC Comedian "Mayhem" Miller Found Naked in Church with Discharged Fire Extinguishers".
- "Jason ‘Mayhem' Miller Arrested, Found Naked, Allegedly Burglarizing a Church". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
- "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, MMA Fighter, Gets Vandalism Charges Dropped". Huffington Post. November 22, 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- 'Mayhem' officially toeing the deep end - Mixed Martial Arts Blog - ESPN
- Video: Jason 'Mayhem' Miller's Bizarre Appearance on the MMA Hour | Bleacher Report
- Jason 'Mayhem' Miller walks out on The MMA Hour after bizarre behavior on set - MMA Fighting
- Jason 'Mayhem' Miller on His Recent Behavior, Arrest and Future - YouTube
- Retraction and update: Jason 'Mayhem' Miller charged with domestic violence
- UFC veteran Jason 'Mayhem' Miller arrested and held on $50,000 bond in Orange County, California
- Update: Details revealed from Miller's court appearance
- Jason "Mayhem" Miller remanded for contempt of court in domestic case
- "Bully Beatdown (Season 3) | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2012-07-27.