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Tuesday, 12/27/2011, 11:35 am

UFC NEWS – "Mayhem" Miller Admits To Being A Nervous Wreck Heading Into Bisping Fight


“I went out there and took my ass-whipping like a man. I wore it like an Armani suit. I thought, I might have nothing left, but I’m going to go out here and try. I’m going to swing for the fences. And I did, but I came up short. That’s the harsh reality of ultimate fighting… It felt weird walking out there. I didn’t feel like my normal self, and it really showed. I couldn’t get relaxed, couldn’t perform to my potential. And I’m not taking anything from Bisping, but it was definitely not my best performance. I didn’t think that that layoff would do anything to me. But man, it was apparent that it did. I kind of freaked out in there. I’ve got to admit it. I usually sit down on the [stool] and get a burst of energy back. But man, I sat down and I was sucking wind. I didn’t feel like myself. I was like, man, what’s going on with me here? I just couldn’t get back refocused. In the training room, I did it just fine. But inside the Octagon, I didn’t come back like I do. I was going, where am I? Usually, by the end of the 60 seconds I’m recharged. I wasn’t recharged at all. I was more tired than when I sat down.”

“Mayhem” Miller speaks for the first time to the media following his recent loss to Michael Bisping earlier this month.

If you watch the international MMA circuit you have no doubt seen Miller’s performances throughout the years and should be able to identify that he has put on much better performances than he did during his re-introduction to the UFC audience.

However, now an uphill battle, UFC president was so underwhelmed with his performance that he may not get a chance to prove that he is capable of more under the UFC banner.

What do you think Penn Nation, does Jason deserve another shot?

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31 Comments to UFC NEWS – "Mayhem" Miller Admits To Being A Nervous Wreck Heading Into Bisping Fight

  1. Xaninho says:

    Definitely, other fighters get more shots too. It was visible Mayhem was nervous. He should do much better next fight.

  2. Jason says:

    he definitely deserves another shot… hes consistently put on much better performances than the bisping fight. Ring rust and a long layoff can have a drastic effect on a fighters nerves and mayhem has fought all of the best on the international circuit. he belongs in the ufc. id like to see shields go back up to mw and have a rematch…

  3. D says:

    Why wouldn’t he? Mayhem is legit with his skills and he is entertaining. I kinda thought thats what mma is all about…. Dana can be a real cockhole sometimes!

  4. AJ says:

    it was pretty obvious that he had one of the biggest adrenaline dumps of all time. he won that first round pretty easily, came out exactly how he said he did. dana would be retarded to not give him another shot.

    • bruts says:

      to be honest if you guys think everything is up to dana, you are wrong, im not sayin dont bring back mayhem, but all the people from zuffa and ufc are looking at rating. if rating are way to poor mayhem is not coming back. if ratings are 50/50 then we might see him and we all know the ratings are NOT high. that main event was a dump people were walking out of the stadium… i like mayhem i just dont see him coming back with a lackluster fight like that… im thinking realistically if you aint making money you aint stayin… ufc cant afford paying lackluster fighters… its a multi million almost billion dollar company. if you have a fight where people are leaving the stadium that fighter realistically wont be back in the ufc. its just bad showcase for the company to be having a LACKLUSTER MAIN EVENT. if mayhem wasent in the main event this would be a complete different story. main event is the money maker. if its lack luster then you all know its no money maker… if no money is being made from the main event then we all MUST know what happens then… someones getting CUT

      • dave says:

        he will get another shot..there are 2 fighters in therte n ot just 1..and u love the word lackluster? it is all up to dana and dana will give him another shot..he knows miller will go win a belt somewhere else and start making waves…dana dont want there to be any good quality fighters anywheer else but ufc so hw controls the compitition

  5. ChrisW says:

    He definitely oughtta get another shot, he’s done a lot for MMA as a whole and someone with his caliber of a career should at least get another shot to see if it’s not gonna be a pattern of bad fights.

  6. Ifan says:

    Well … to me actually, you can’t afford to be nervous and to have this weak of a performance, just on nerves.
    I’ve seen most of his fights and he normally does well. But if he can’t control his emotions to that extend, then he just isn’t ready for the big leagues.
    And here is another thing to consider – The guys that were given multiple chances to stay in the company after bad performances (Wanderlei, Tito, Crocop) all fight to their best abilities. They all fight like warriors. It’s just that age (and sustaining some KOs throughout the years) is starting to get to them.

    • Greg says:

      Ummm, emotions and layoff lag are two different items, Doctor iFan, I presume. It is very rare for UFC fighters to have perfect win/loss records.
      I vote give Miller another shot.

      • Ifan says:

        It’s not about the perfect record, nor about the layoff.
        Guys with loosing streaks go out and fight. They might not get the win bit they fight for it. Wanderlei fights like crazy, Crocop fights like crazy, Tito fights like crazy.
        If you want to talk about layoffs – go watch Carwin vs Lesnar. Lesnar basically got his ass handed to him but he waited and he did the smart move (don’t get me wrong – I’m by far no lesnar fan).
        Mayhem is not on a loosing streak. He did have a layoff period but it was not due to an injury. The guy just got all emotional and nervous and couldn’t perform to his abilities, witch is perfectly excusable IF you are in the minor leagues.
        And to the guy below me – THE INUK or whatever – Mayhem is NOT new to the UFC. He got his ass cut from the company a couple of years back due to the same reason he is about to get his ass cut now – BAD performance under pressure.

    • THE INUK says:

      your a fucking idiot… these dudes fight for a living, and they STILL get nervous, who the fuck are you to say that? you cannot control things like that.. they prepare in every single way to give the best performance they can. nearly every new fighter to the ufc, gets nervous like this, and gets mad tired

  7. MelIan says:

    I think he’ll be ready in his next fite.

  8. songbyrdah says:

    Most definitely! They wouldn’t have chosen him to coach TUF if they didn’t think he was among the best! Everybody can have a bad fight now and then. I think this fight snapped him out of whatever funk he was in and he’s ready to get back to it hard and strong! Give the fight fans what they want!

  9. Thomas says:

    He is in title to another shot at UFC. Dana can’t just use Mayhem as a charismatic TUF-coach knowing that he isn’t that good a fighter (most of us knew that upfront) and just throw him away after one fight. Give him a fair chance! Besides that Bisping is a very good fighter who makes a lot of other fighters look bad to – even though Mayhem took firs place in that category ;)

  10. Hahahanninen says:

    I want to see Jason Miller show what hes made of, he’s an entertaining character and a good fighter… i would like to see him again.

  11. Marc Satan says:

    Yes Mayhem is a legend of the sport and just lost it out there. Everyone has a bad fight. Its just his was worse then a bad fight. No matter the reason, with such a legend, you need to give him another shot to regain his momentum and show the world how crazy Mayhem can be.

  12. echo says:

    No he doesnt deserve another chance. He should have conserved his energy insteady of dancin like he was in a club before he walked into the cage. Hes just another JV minor league Strkeforce reject like Shields.

  13. Finnigan B. says:

    bah, who cares.

  14. MMACRAVER says:

    It sounds silly but…sometimes when your nervous you can forget to breathe…especially when performing a physically intense activity..

    If your swinging for the fences and trying to “OOOOMmmpHH” a punch into somones face it will cause you to hold your breath…It takes conscious effort and practice JUST TO EFFECTIVELY BREATH during intense physical activity (I know this first hand)

    If I where to guess, and I wanted to give mayhem the benefit of the doubt. I bet that is partly why he felt so gassed after that first round.

    I was a big Mayhem fan before the Bisping fight, after…I just don’t know.

    I just don’t know if that performance can really be 100% attributed to nerves or tiredness… Although I do know how terrible technique can become once your tired.

  15. Long-Strong says:

    yeah, give him another shot. just don’t know who he’ll fight though… maybe brad tavares? if he loses, then he’s done.

  16. Xaninho says:

    He was in great shape. It was adrenaline dump, he let the pressure get to him. It was a bad performance but I’ve seen plenty of bad performances from different fighters and they all had a chance to redeem theirselves, now give Mayhem the same chance….Fair is fair.

  17. That was not the best Mayhem not even close. Let him stay him in the UFC give him another chance its the least Dana can do after one of the best seasons of TUF especially when it needed a revival.

  18. jboy says:

    That was a terrible performance in history buff I seen worse Joe lauzon vs have rudiger was a lot worst .I say mayhem gets another chance

  19. mmaislandjunkie says:

    sounds like another man on the brink of turning to trt.

  20. Fortyb4five says:

    What you expect? Mayhem has never had any performances worth mentioning.

  21. NotMayhemIpromise says:

    Bisping is a huge step up in competition for him and the pressure of fighting in the UFC it gets to a fella, give him another shot

  22. maurice says:

    It was obvious to da entire mma world dat mayhem had an adreneline dump. There’s always pressure on a fighter to perform. Da bully beatdown sho, long layoff, ultimate fighter sho, return to da (ufc) big leagues, not to mention a 5 round fight wit cardio freak and ufc vet bisping. Its safe to say da man literally broke under pressure. Mayhem a beast, and will perform better if givin another fight.

  23. Fan says:

    i like mayhem and bisping but i find it funny how so man people are in mayhems corner for giving mayhem another shot, which i think he deserves. That be saying said if bisping was in the same position those same people would be saying cut him.

    Like the fighter, not the country

  24. Foxy79_ says:

    I am the biggest Bisping fan this side of the Earth.. I say give Mayhem another chance.. He isn’t making excuses for his loss. There was a lot of pressure on him and Bisping stuff happens..

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