Mayhem Miller Wishes He Could Have Fought Nick Diaz
By JAKE CHASTAIN
| Jason “Mayhem” Miller was a guest on The MMA Hour yesterday and, of course, the former UFC fighter gave an entertaining interview, to say the least. He didn’t break anything or storm off of the set of the show this time but he did give some really interesting and entertaining stories revolving around the start his fighting career, his time in the UFC and how they treated him following his release, and he talked about the one fight he wishes he would have had.
Here are some of the highlights from that interview on The MMA Hour via MMAFighting.com:
On an underground fight when he was breaking into the MMA scene: I fought in a basement one time, it was a weird thing, it was like Bloodsport. It was crazy, looking back at it. Basically, there’s video out there too, it’s looks like the basement from Saw. There’s a wrestling mat on the ground, and a ring attached to the wall on the concrete. I got on this dude’s back and started choking him, this guy was weird, he wanted to wear some ninja shoes. This was 1999, ’98 or something. This was a small gym fight … it was completely illegal. North Carolina, too. I got on the guys back and we tore the ropes down off the concrete wall. I was like, what are we going to do. They pulled the ropes down and everyone got around in a circle. … I was paid $200.
On the one fight he never got and wish he had: The obvious answer is Nick Diaz, right? I was trying to get that fight a long time ago. And we were all going back and forth and angry at each other. I think I understand Nick Diaz very well. I think I can understand the some of the points he’s trying to make. I know what he’s saying, he’s expressing frustration with his job and with the way the’ve handled the promotion of him and the way they carted him around to things he didn’t want to do. I get it. I get what he’s trying to say, how he doesn’t feel respected despite how big his accomplishments are. He didn’t feel respected, he didn’t feel anyone was looking out for him.
On being informed Diaz is now running his own promotion: That’s awesome. I guess he did have some money to invest in something. This is going to be the best show ever. I’m interested to see.
On this weekend’s upcoming Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum fight:I’ve trained with both of those guys. I think, man, I think on a hunger level, you always hate to pick against your man. Nogueira, I love this man. But I believe it’s maybe a passing of the torch. When I left King’s MMA, I see who still hungry Werdum is, and I see how hungry he still is. I’m biased, because I have a black belt from Werdum. … I expect an exciting fight. I expect kicks. I expect him to go leg kicks, body kicks, because as Nog is trying to come forward with boxing techniques, then he’ll counter him with kicks, and hopefully we’ll see a little jiu-jitsu fest.
On post-MMA life: Look, I completely lived, ate and breathed MMA for 15 years. I can eat now, I can drink a beer if I feel like it. I feel free. I can be ‘Mayhem.’
Mayhem has never been a dull interview and it is apparent that, although he is no longer fighting, he has not lost his comedic approach to life. We wish Mr. Miller all the best in his post-fighting life and look forward to hearing more from him soon.