After a poor performance in his return to the UFC in December against opposing TUF 14 coach Michael Bisping, there was some doubt as to whether or not Jason “Mayhem” Miller (24-8, 1 NC) would get another shot inside the UFC Octagon.
Those concerns were put to rest Saturday when UFC President Dana White confirmed a middleweight match-up between Miller and TUF 7 finalist C.B. Dollaway (11-4) had been verbally agreed upon for UFC 146 which is scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend, May 26, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Prior to his loss to his Bisping, Miller had won a first round TKO over Tim Stout at “Strikeforce: Nashville” in April 2010 and a first round submission over Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 16 in Sept. 2010.
Miller had been out of action more than a year when he fought Miller and looked extremely rusty. It had also been 6 1/2 years since he had fought in the UFC and it is very likely nerves and possibly an adrenaline dump played a role in his awkward performance.
It is quite possible the bout between Miller and Dollaway could be a “loser leave town” match. Dollaway is currently on a two fight skid, having lost a first round knockout to Mark Munoz at UFC on Versus 3 in Louisville last March, and prior to that he dropped a second round TKO to Jared Hamman at UFC on Versus 5 in August.
Other bouts expected to take place at UFC 146 include Alistair Overeem vs. Junior Dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title and a lightweight match-up between Edson Barboza and Evan Dunham. Stay close to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) and our Upcoming Events page as more UFC 146 bouts are announced in the coming weeks.