If you saw the TUF 14 Finale earlier this month on Spike TV, you know that the main event bout between coaches Michael “The Count” Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller was not a pretty sight, especially if you were rooting for “Mayhem”.
The one-sided beatdown by Bisping was not only hard to watch but raised doubts on whether on not “Mayhem” belonged back in the UFC. UFC President Dana White even called Miller’s performance “the worst stand-up he had ever seen”.
After having a couple weeks to reflect on the fight and White’s comments, the Bully Beatdown star said on Tuesday he actually agrees with White’s assessment. In a blog post on his website, “Mayhem” wrote:
“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.”
“We are all the custodians of our own destinies, and we must all try to do the absolute best with what we have to work with- sometimes you will have great successes and other times colossal failure, but if you don’t try time and time again, you will be left on your couch with nothing but a bucket of “What-ifs.” You have no choice in this life but to push forward and try to do the best you can.”
It is good to see Miller using the situation as a learning experience. In fact, according to the same blog post, he is already in Holland working on his striking with Siyar Badaharzada (@siyarthekiller) and MMA trainer Martijn De Jong (@martijndej).
Whether or not Miller will get another fight inside the UFC Octagon remains to be seen. But with all the Mayhem Monkeys on Twitter, combined with the fact Miller is taking necessary steps to improve his striking, there is a strong likelihood White will give him an opportunity to redeem himself.