Jason Miller (fighter)

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Jason Miller
Jason Mayhem Miller.jpg
Born Jason Nicholas Miller
Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States
Other names Mayhem
Residence Mission Viejo, California
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Welterweight (2004-2005)
Middleweight (2001-2004,2005-2012)
Light Heavyweight (2006)
Heavyweight (2006)
Reach 76.0 in (193 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Huntington Beach, California
Team Kings MMA
Reign Training Center

‹See Tfm›     Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

‹See Tfm›     yellow belt in Taekwondo
Years active 1997–2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 38
Wins 28
By knockout 8
By submission 15
By decision 5
Losses 9
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 6
No contests 1
Other information
Website http://www.mayhemmiller.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: June 9, 2012 (2012-06-09)

Jason Nicholas Miller (born December 24, 1980) best known as Mayhem Miller is an American TV host and mixed martial arts middleweight fighter. Miller trains at Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California and at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, California. He has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, WFA, WEC, and DREAM. He holds notable wins over Robbie Lawler, Tim Kennedy, Denis Kang and Kazushi Sakuraba.[1]

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.

Early life[edit]

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 knew he wanted to compete professionally, He earned his yellow belt in Taekwondo at age 11 and joined his new High school's wrestling turtles 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.[2]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

Mayhem fought Tim Stout at Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17, 2010 and won the fight by with a ground and pound TKO at 1:47 of the first round.

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." [5]

Although Mayhem aggressively called out Nick Diaz,[6] the bout never materialized. Mayhem instead fought Kazushi Sakuraba on September 25, at Dream 16.[7] 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.[8]

Strikeforce: Nashville brawl[edit]

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.[9]

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.[10]

Return to the UFC[edit]

On April 22, 2011, Miller signed a multi-fight agreement with the UFC.[11]

Miller was expected to face Aaron Simpson on July 2, 2011 at UFC 132.[12] 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[13] Miller was replaced by Brad Tavares on the UFC 132 card.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

2013 Return To MMA[edit]

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.[17]


Family Troubles[edit]

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.[18]

Church incident[edit]

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.[19] 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".[20] Charges were later dropped, as the pastor, Brian Anderson, came forward in defense of Miller.[21]

MMA Hour incident[edit]

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.[22][23][24]

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.[25] 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.

Other Arrests[edit]

Miller was arrested on charges of domestic violence on August 11, 2013 and released on bail on August 12.[26] On August 22, 2013 he was arrested again on a new charge of domestic abuse.[27] 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 $1,000,000.[28] On October 9, 2013, Miller was arrested and on October 10 booked for a misdemeanor Contempt of Court charge for violating a "Stay Away" order, by sending a snapchat.[29] Miller was arrested on October 9, 2014 after a five-hour-long standoff with a SWAT team outside his Orange County, California home. Miller gave live updates over the five hours via his official verified Twitter account, @MAYHEMMILLER [30]

On March 7, 2015, Miller was arrested outside "The White House" bar in Laguna Beach, California. Video footage shows an intoxicated Miller fighting police and resisting arrest.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

  • Icon Sport
    • Middleweight Championship (One time)
  • Superbrawl
    • Welterweight Championship (One time)
    • North American Welterweight Championship (One time; First)
  • International Sport Combat Federation
    • ISCF East Coast Middleweight Championship (One time; First)[31]
  • World MMA Awards
    • Most Memorable Ring Entrance 2010 & 2011

Submission Wrestling[edit]

  • Grapplers Quest Champion 2001, 2003, 2004
    • Best in the West Champion 2003

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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: Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round June 15, 2008 2 5:00 Yokohama, Japan Dream MWGP Quarter-Final.
Win 25–5 Katsuyori Shibata TKO (punches) Dream 3: Lightweight Grand Prix 2008 Second Round 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 Héctor 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 Won Superbrawl North American Welterweight Title.[32]
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 Middleweight Tournament Semifinal.[33]
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 Defended ISCF East Coast Middleweight Championship
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 Won ISCF East Coast Middleweight Championship
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 1 8:00 Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States


In the past, Miller appeared 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.[34] 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.

He also appears in video games - Electronic Arts' EA Sports MMA and THQ's UFC Undisputed 3.

On July 20, 2010 (episode # 31), November 30, 2010 (episode #58), and September 28, 2011 (episode # 143), Jason Miller appeared on the podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience".

"Mayhem" took part in Here Comes the Boom, playing the role of "Lucky Patrick", an MMA fighter who goes in the ring against Kevin James' character, Scott Voss, in the film.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edward Sugimoto. "Monkeying Around with Jason "Mayhem" Miller". 
  2. ^ My First Fight: 'Mayhem' Miller - MMA Fighting
  3. ^ http://www.lockflow.com/article_view.php?id=184
  4. ^ Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza signs with Strikeforce
  5. ^ Loretta Hunt. "Lawler-Sobral Set for June 16; Strikeforce Expects ‘Mayhem’ To Be Suspended". 
  6. ^ "Joe Rogan & Mayhem Miller talk more Strikeforce, UFC, and Bully Beatdown!". YouTube. 2010-07-20. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  7. ^ Loretta Hunt. "Mayhem-Sakuraba Agreed for Dream 16". 
  8. ^ Helwani, Ariel (2011-04-22). "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Signs With UFC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  9. ^ Loretta Hunt. "Coker on King Mo-Babalu Stalemate, International Shows, 135 Women’s Tourney, Kharitonov Signing and More". 
  10. ^ Scott Coker Thinks Nick Diaz vs. Mayhem Miller Will Happen Within Year - MMA Fighting
  11. ^ Ariel Helwani. "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller Signs With UFC". 
  12. ^ "Jason "Mayhem" Miller faces Aaron Simpson in his return at UFC 132 in July". MMA Weekly. April 23, 2011. 
  13. ^ ""The Ultimate Fighter 14" coaches? Michael Bisping and "Mayhem" Miller". Retrieved 27 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "UFC 132: Aaron Simpson vs Brad Tavares fight booked for July 2 in Las Vegas". mmamania.com. May 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ Fowlkes, Ben. "Following Backstage Incident, UFC 146 Loss, Jason 'Mayhem' Miller 'Done' in UFC". MMA Fighting. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 
  16. ^ "Mayhem Miller Talks Backstage Incident, Retirement". Fight Line. May 28, 2012. 
  17. ^ j (mayhemmiller) on Twitter
  18. ^ "'Mayhem' Miller: Arrest for Assaulting Sister 'Now All Over With'". 
  19. ^ "UFC Comedian "Mayhem" Miller Found Naked in Church with Discharged Fire Extinguishers". 
  20. ^ "Jason ‘Mayhem' Miller Arrested, Found Naked, Allegedly Burglarizing a Church". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, MMA Fighter, Gets Vandalism Charges Dropped". Huffington Post. November 22, 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  22. ^ 'Mayhem' officially toeing the deep end - Mixed Martial Arts Blog - ESPN
  23. ^ Video: Jason 'Mayhem' Miller's Bizarre Appearance on the MMA Hour | Bleacher Report
  24. ^ Jason 'Mayhem' Miller walks out on The MMA Hour after bizarre behavior on set - MMA Fighting
  25. ^ Jason 'Mayhem' Miller on His Recent Behavior, Arrest and Future - YouTube
  26. ^ Retraction and update: Jason 'Mayhem' Miller charged with domestic violence
  27. ^ UFC veteran Jason 'Mayhem' Miller arrested and held on $250,000 bond in Orange County, California
  28. ^ Update: Details revealed from Miller's court appearance
  29. ^ Jason "Mayhem" Miller remanded for contempt of court in domestic case
  30. ^ Mai-Duc, Christine (October 9, 2014). "MMA fighter 'Mayhem' Miller surrenders after hours-long SWAT standoff". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  31. ^ http://www.iscfmma.com/ISCFChamps.htm
  32. ^ http://fcfighter.com/post/check-out-whats-in-the-current-issue-of-fcf-3
  33. ^ http://fcfighter.com/post/light-heavyweight-division-heats-upin-the-ultimate-fighting-championship
  34. ^ "Bully Beatdown (Season 3) | Full Episodes, Photos, Episode Synopsis and Recaps". MTV. Retrieved 2012-07-27. 

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