Jason “Mayhem” Miller claimed in lead-up interviews that if he was unsuccessful against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir that he would retire from MMA.
Well, the UFC went ahead and released Miller following the decision defeat, and even made mention of a backstage incident involving Miller the night of the card.
Recently, “Mayhem” was a guest on The MMA Hour where he talked about his retirement and the incident in question.
“Yeah, I said I would (retire) and so I am. I didn’t get the job done and that’s what I’m saying. I’m done for right now. Who knows what the future holds, but at the same time, what’s the point?”
As for the incident, Miller said, “It was my mask. Burt (Watson) suddenly started yelling about my mask. I had a gas mask for the troops underneath my paper bag, and Burt started telling me right as I’m walking out for the fight. I’m trying to get focused instead of arguing about a paper bag. Maybe it was my fault. I thought we had an understanding once I started walking out to the cage and then now I’m working. I wish I could have heard about it before it would be easier to deal with. But here I am walking to the cage and suddenly I started getting yelled at. I’m like, ‘What, I’m trying to focus here.’ Whatever. Thing don’t always go the way you want. That’s life.”
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