UFC middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller spoke to UFC.com recently, and he didn’t pull any punches in describing his feelings following his loss to Michael Bisping and what he plans on doing to opponent C.B. Dollaway at their UFC 146 clash on May 26.
“The best thing that ever happened to me is me getting beat up by Michael Bisping, because I’ve approached my entire career in a completely different light. … Nobody cares about your excuses. The point is, get in there and do it right, you know? I threw that fight away, and it was my fault. I’m not going to cry about it. I’m going to look forward and win the fight on the 26th.”
Miller coached opposite Bisping on The Ultimate Fighter Season 14, before losing to the Briton in what many regarded as a one-sided affair at the TUF 14 Finale. Miller tired early and taunted Bisping even as he was losing the fight. He ended up suffering a third-round TKO.
Miller says he’s not focused on the criticism, but on Dollaway.
“Everybody likes to kick a guy when he’s down, but I don’t give a damn. If I’m man enough to stand in front of my mom and the rest of the world and get my ass kicked, I think I’m strong enough to take some criticism from a guy who never laced on some gloves.”
Miller has said he will quit mixed martial arts if he loses the fight.
“I told [Dana] if I put on a show like that again, I’m quitting. That was ridiculous. That wasn’t me out there; that wasn’t me. I threw that fight away, and so it’s up to me to go ahead and really make a statement on the 26th.”
Miller notes many dissimilarities between himself and Dollaway.
“I just look at who he’s fought in the past, and I look at — you know — I look at who he’s fought in the past, and how I match up with them, and I know that… this should be an easy night for me. On top of that, I trained my ass off. I’m not gonna make this a personal thing with the guy, but at the same time, I’m not gonna pretend to respect him.
“There’s a stark contrast between me and him. You can see that I’m mentally tough, and I’m a bit of a masochist, so I’ll take the abuse, and go through it. When the going gets tough, this guy quits, and I’m gonna make him quit.”
Miller has been training recently with fellow 185 lbs. fighter Mark Munoz. He says he’s also made other changes to his training camp.
“I shredded the fat out of my training camp. I was getting hung up on gimmicks, and having too many people crowded into my training camp. The good thing about losing a fight is that you lose a lot of quote-unquote friends. I got rid of the people who weren’t doing anything for me, and now I’ve focused on the core group of training partners who are going to make me successful.”
Miller has gone from headlining the TUF 14 Finale card, to being featured on the UFC 146 preliminary card on FX.
“I don’t give a damn [where I’m at on the card]. When I’m inside the cage, I finally get to have fun. All the stupidness is over — all the cutting weight, every day going to practice, not eating what I want to eat, not drinking what I want to drink, you know what I mean? All the suffering is over. That’s supposed to be the performance part, so I don’t care where it is on the card. I don’t care if I’m fighting him in the back parking lot, Structure C; I’m going to fight just as hard.”
For his part, Dollaway is a TUF Season 7 finalist, losing to Amir Sadollah in that season’s finals in 2008. Miller says he’s not impressed.
“I’m going to knock his fart-face off, and I’m going to send him packing. There’s no way around it.”Tags: featured, MMA NEWS, Strikeforce, strikeforce news, ufc news, UFC on FOX, UFC on FX