Jason Miller: The UFC ‘pretended’ to pay for knee surgery
Jason “Mayhem” Miller is not happy with his former employer.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship released Miller after he lost to C.B. Dollaway via decision at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir in May 2012. He retired from mixed martial arts soon afterward.
The 32-year-old revealed to “The MMA Hour” on Monday that he was set to have surgery on his left knee. He hurt his knee during his fight with Dollaway. Miller said the UFC was going to take care of the surgery through its insurance. Unfortunately for Miller, his coverage expired when the promotion let the process drag on. Miller said that it was part of his former bosses plans.
“(The UFC) pretended they were going to give me the surgery and they started acting like they were going to fix my leg,” Miller said on “The MMA Hour.” “I went back and they dragged it out until my insurance coverage expired. So now I can’t get my knee fixed.”
Miller still hasn’t received surgery on his knee and said that he has learned to deal with the pain. The estimated cost for his surgery is more than $50,000.
“If you’re walking around with no ACL for one year, Kobe Bryant is a [expletive],” Miller said on “The MMA Hour.” “I’m walking like the hunchback of Notre Dame over here. That’s the big problem, right? I’m hurting, but I got so used to ignoring pain over my entire life from doing the job that I did. And I bet it’s a bit of genetics because my dad’s done the same thing, then, try to walk through the pain, whatever. Then your foot swells up like a watermelon. Try to work out hard? Nope!”
Aside from his knee pain, Miller said that he’s really enjoying his life and does not plan to return to MMA.