Jason Mayhem Miller was on some serious thin ice coming into UFC 146, what with the complete gas-out and trouncing he received in his TUF coach fight. Dana White panned the fight and Mayhem’s performance, then left us hanging for months before finally confirming Mayhem’s continued Zuffa employment with a bout against CB Dollaway.
Well, if you saw how that fight went, you’d probably assume Jason was getting canned for sure. But just to put a bow on that bitch, Miller apparently flipped out backstage too:
“Something happened backstage afterwards … ‘Mayhem’ is done,” UFC president Dana White said, addressing a large gathering of media members after UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. When pressed about the specifics of the situation, White declined.
“Just some [expletive] I don’t want to talk about,” White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The word via MiddleEasy’s always accurate* Sunday Morning Rumor Mill:
When CB Dollaway did his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, Mayhem slowly walked to the back of the Octagon and rested his arms on the top of the cage. His head was hung pretty low, so Mark Munoz and Ryan Parsons consulted him inside the cage. They eventually walked out and Mayhem Miller had an ‘incident’ before the post-fight medical check-up with one of the staff members working at UFC 146. Apparently when Mayhem walked backstage after the bout, he sat down against a wall, probably reflecting on his fight with CB Dollaway. Someone backstage (not sure if it was MGM or UFC staff) asked Mayhem to ‘clear the path’ and get out of the corridor. Mayhem either didn’t hear him or simply was wrapped-up in his own thoughts to care. The staff member then tried to pat him on the back in order to encourage him to move. It’s rumored Mayhem Miller quickly got up, yelled at the staff member and then kicked over a table. A few UFC employees questioned why he did it, and apparently he got in a verbal altercation with them.
Following up on that firing thing, Dana White also had some cautionary words for fighters who dare to show too much personality or humor in his organization:
“When you get embarrassed the way he did against Michael Bisping, then you show up in that pink whatever that thing was, I’m not into that stuff,” said White. “It’s not my thing. I guess I don’t really care if guys do it because you see it at weigh-ins all the time. Just take this thing serious. If you want to be a clown do that stuff on your reality show.”
Meanwhile, guys like CB Dollaway can continue to coast along in the UFC with their bland style of completely uninspired dump n hump. Hooray.
It’s unfortunate that the Great Decider of All Things Worthwhile in MMA is such a joykill when it comes to many obviously amazing things in MMA: from hillbilly beards and rat tails to amusing walk-in shenanigans and mid-fight noogies, certain kinds of fun are just unappreciated. Dave ‘Pee-Wee’ Herman was also on the end of one of Herr Dana’s wet towel decrees: they nixed his lovingly selected walk-in music. The Lion King’s Circle of Life.
That’s a Tony award winning song, dude. Maybe the Reverend is onto something with this homophobia angle.
*Not always accurate