It’s been a shitstain of a year for Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller. Once one of the most successful fighters outside of Zuffa, his empire of zany behavior and mayhem monkeys started to fall apart after he skidded out of the UFC off two losses and some sort of nasty backstage altercation with staffers. From there he got arrested for nude church vandalizing, wigged out on the MMA Hour, and got real strange on Twitter, and not in a fun entertaining way either.
Now, two days from it being a year since police booked him over the church incident, Mayhem is in trouble with the law again. Initial rumors swirled that he was arrested for a break in or robbery, which would have made his last tweet pretty fuckin’ hilarious:
Instead it turns out to be a less HAHAHAHA-worthy ‘domestic violence charge’, and no we not have any further details on that. C’mon MMA media. The arrest happened on Sunday. TMZ would have had the story and a bunch of pictures already. But this just goes to show you how far Mayhem Miller has fallen – TMZ doesn’t even care about his latest scandal. Maybe it needs more nudity.
Domestic violence can land you up to four years in prison, but without any context or details it is impossible to know how serious this arrest is. This isn’t Mayhem’s first brush with these kinds of charges either. In 2011 he was arrested for ‘stopping his drunk sister from driving’, in his words. Or ‘simple assault and false imprisonment’ in the words of Chatham County Sherriff’s department. And then way back in 2006 he ‘defended himself’ against his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend after kicking down their front door. AKA ‘first-degree burglary and assault in the third-degree.’
Much hay has been made over whether Mayhem Miller is just being his usual wacky self or if he’s slipping into some sort of downward spiral. I certainly have no idea, but when your behavior begins to make getting arrested a reoccurring issue, then that’s a troublesome sign that not all is right.
One of my favorite aspects of The Ultimate Fighter is when it features a unique and lovable weirdo. The quiet and quirky guy often provided the breath of fresh air I needed to survive a show often packed full of wrestler jock bros smashing furniture and throwing jizz around. These dudes are often silent killers too – Mac Danzig was the guy on TUF 6 and he ended up winning the show. Luke Cummo was TUF 2′s weirdo and he came up just short of winning, losing to Joe Stevenson in the finals.
And for the next three years, Luke continued to entertain with his wacky theories on alternative medicine which included drinking pee and flushing your ass out with all sorts of various natural substances. When we wrote a satire article on Cummo being suspended for fighting with three liters of coffee up his ass, a lot of people believed us. He left the UFC in 2008 with a respectable 3-4 record and dropped off our radar. Now he’s back and he doesn’t look all that great. No punchline here, just sharing some of what he’s been putting online lately. Cry for help or descent into madness or just more Luke being Luke, I dunno. If you believe in prayer or the effectiveness of internet hugs, maybe send some his way.
I ain’t no Jack Slack but I likes what I see when it comes to Nick Newell and figured a little gif breakdown was in order to share my love for this handi-capable guy. Haters like to point out he still hasn’t beaten any top guys in the sport, but that isn’t a barrier to enjoying the guy’s fights. It’s not so much who he fights but rather HOW he fights. I’ve been watching this sport for a long time and there’s a lot of neat fresh tricks he brings to the table. They may not be the most technically sound or prudent maneuvers in the world, but in my book a bit of passion and creativity goes a long way in a sport often dominated by wrestlers and jabby counter strikers.
Kicks against the cage! Newell isn’t afraid to throw em in close quarters.
Remember that period of time when, after a win, fighters would get their shirts slapped on, hat plopped on their head, and some schmaltzy product placed in their hand like a six year old kid being dressed and sent off to school? The UFC dialed that shit back right around the time energy drink sponsors started insisting fighters chug cans of their shit and mention their undying loyalty to Rockstar Bubbleberry XDurance Performance Energy to Joe Rogan.
But the World Series of Fighting is taking it in another direction. The promotion is giving winning fighters a Boost Mobile phone and then telling them all about Boost’s great shrinking plans during the post fight interview. How did that look? MMA Junkie described…
…the bizarre post-fight presentation of a Boost Mobile phone with “shrinking payments” to a less-than-enthusiastic Spong, who had just won an obvious decision against an intentionally overmatched opponent who he still couldn’t put away, and who was last seen on the broadcast looking down at his new phone as if to say, Wait, payments?!
No word yet on if WSOF or Boost is covering the payments or what happens if Spong watches three or four Youtube videos in Holland and racks up roaming data fees larger than his fight payday. Will that result in WSOF Ray Sefo calling him with the bill clutched in one hand and yelling at him like a dad at their irresponsible teenaged daughter?
(gif via Zombie Prophet)