As this season of TUF is coming to a close, we will be treated with the coaches fighting on the Finale for the first time in 9 seasons. A lot of fans including myself are stuck in the conundrum of picking between your heart or you head, simply meaning either Bisping or Miller. Jason Miller hasn't been on the most impressive tear as of late, his most notable wins in his last 10 fights consist of, Tim Kennedy, and Kazushi Sakuraba. But lets take a closer look at the few fights that have slipped through Mayhems fingers as of late. Hopefully you guys can bare through whatever grammatical errors that lie ahead.
Dream 4- Middleweight Grand Prix 2008 Quarterfinals: Jason Miller vs Ronaldo Souza 1
After putting Katuyouri Shibata out in the opening rounds, Mayhem moved on to face the eventual winner of Ian Murphy vs Jacare. The fight started out with Jacare opening up with punches, an eventually getting Mayhem down with a trip. After working from side control, Jacare moves for mount only to get reversed very slickly by Mayhem. After the reversal Jacare goes for a heel, and Mayhem escapes. After multiple transitions, and a few submission attempts from both men the 1st round comes to a close.
As the second round begins, Jacare leads with a head kick that fails, an they begin clinching, Jacare goes for a rolling knee bar that is easily avoided by Mayhem. They stand back up, and Mayhem starts letting loose with some punches, putting together nice combinations. Mayhem gets taken down, Jacare takes his back, and then he is reversed at the bell. Mayhem was the much fresher fighter as the last round ended. Though Jacare is declared the winner in a very close fight, Mayhem showed his excellent ability to grapple with high level grapplers such as Jacare, an showed that he can remain fresh while doing so. They would eventually rematch later at Dream 9. For those whom don't know the fight ended in a No contest due to a cut from an illegal kick.
This fight is one of a few examples why Jason Miller is far better on the mat than Michael Bisping. The Count has been taken down in the past by fighters, and has shown a bit of discomfort being on his back. And if they fight were to hit the floor, I think Bisping will be a fish out of water. Going back to the Wanderlai fight, he was sweeped rather easily, and nearly submitted. Mistakes like that are going to put Bisping in positions he doesn't like.
From the opening bell Shields put Mayhem on his back. Miller, whom seemed comfortable on his back, didn't seem too concerned about regaining a dominate position. And though this was mostly all Shields, Miller had his moments. In the first round after working his way back to his feet, both fighters clinch. Mayhem shows a decent display of wrestling, and plants Shields on the mat with suplex.
As the second round starts Miller opens up with some punches, the two men clinch, and Mayhem drags Shields to the ground. Miller opens up a cut on Shields with an accidental headbutt, and the two men are in a stalemate as they grapple for most of the round. Miller showing a lot of evasive moves to avoid transitions and submissions, all while remaining composed. The round ends with both men trying for a leg lock.The third round starts with Jason Miller take down. Shields escaped, an the two men grapple. As the third round comes to a close, Mayhem catches Shields in a very close rear naked choke submission, only to come up short as the bell had rang.
The fourth round starts, as Shields hits a quick take down. Miller Tries to get to his feet as he sits against the cage, but Shields blankets him and stifles his tries After a few reversal attempts, a few knees, a monkey roll, and a whole lot of booing the fourth round comes to a close. The final round starts with the trading of jabs before clinching. The two spend the majority of the round grappling, and escaping one another submission attempts, the round ends with Mayhem throwing. The two biggest things I took from this fight is Mayhem's heart, and his ability to remain composed and to not expend unnecessary amounts of energy. He has shown numerous times he has the gas to go for several rounds. and though he lost he showed once again he tremendous ability to grapple with a higher level grappler.
Love him or hate him, Jason Miller is one of the most honorable, and charismatic fighters in MMA today. Personally i feel like he has a lot to bring to the table in his fight this Saturday, more so than some give him credit for. I'm not saying that The Count is going to be in over his head, I just think Miller has the tools too take him out. I personally will be cheering against the cockney prick this weekend, but to each man his own. Hopefully someone enjoyed this poor excuse for a fanpost. An to those whom took the time to read this, i say thank you.