As someone who goes to my website, you are well aware that I lost my recent fight. I am very disappointed about it, but have used the past couple weeks to reflect on everything and have come to some conclusions. Dana White was right. He made some disparaging comments about my performance, and I agree with him. I displayed the worst of everything that night in the octagon. I was tense in round one and I locked up after that. I didn’t perform to my potential, and I take full responsibility for it. That wasn’t a UFC caliber performance, and I’m not happy about it- I won’t, however, write a worthless diatribe on myself, because that is not constructive. I elect instead to take this misstep and make something positive out of it… I made a lot of mistakes in this story- during the camp, during the fight- but the key to living life is learning from your mistakes and making positive change. I feel very positive right now, and I hope you feel the same way, I would be absolutely nothing without persistence and positive thinking, and if there is anything i want you to take from my blog it is that mentality. I will continue on this amazing journey, looking to make the most epic stories that I can.
— Jason “Mayhem” Miller on his official website expressing his disappointment in his performance at the TUF 14 Finale
Mayhem Miller certainly didn’t have the best showing against Michael Bisping at the TUF 14 Finale, but man, I really didn’t think it was as bad as Dana White have made it out to be. I mean we’ve certainly seen far worse performances in the Octagon before, right? Thales Leites’ non-performance against Anderson Silva comes to mind.
Nevertheless, it seems the loss has really woken Mayhem up and motivated him to take a more encompassing approach to his training. Dana was especially critical of Mayhem’s striking in the fight, calling it the “worst stand-up he’s ever seen… you could go to a girls’ Tae Bo class and see better form, better stand-up.” It seems Mayhem took those comments to heart because guess where he is now? In Holland, working on his kickboxing with Siyar Badaharzada and Alistair Overeem’s former trainer Martin de Jong.
As far as we know, Mayhem Miller hasn’t been cut, so it’s looking like he’ll get a chance to redeem himself. I don’t think we’ll ever see Mayhem reach a championship level, but I believe he has the potential to be a solid mid-tier performer in the UFC’s middleweight division. He just have to prove it.
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