Jason "Mayhem" Miller hasn't fought on the main card of a Strikeforce event since November 2009 when he lost a five round title fight to Jake Shields on CBS. Well, he did get involved in one fracas on the April 2010 card, but he wasn't being paid to fight. I'm referring, of course, to the infamous "these things happen in MMA" brawl between Miller and the entire Cesar Gracie team -- Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz.
Miller fought on the undercard of that event against Tim Stout, since then he's faced Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 16 in September. He had been expected to face Tim Kennedy in March, but he was dropped from that card with no explanation from Stikeforce.
He spoke to Mike Chiappetta about his situation and his thoughts on the UFC middleweight division, including the prospect of Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping coaching The Ultimate Fighter, and his nemesis Nick Diaz:
"I will beat the brakes off most of the guys in the middleweight divisions in the UFC," he said. "I guaran-damn-tee it."
"First of all, I'm glad that the Ultimate Fighter is getting back on track by putting two guys who are going to be absolutely entertaining on the television," he said. "You got the Republitard vs. The Limey. It's going to be great. It's a step in the right direction. But I still say, give me a break. I'm way more entertaining, and I'll beat both of those guys up."
"We're way past (talk of a Mayhem vs Nick Diaz bout). Nick ducked. I don't even care about fighting him anymore. He just showed who he was with this whole thing. I don't even want to talk about it, it's so ridiculous."
There had been extensive rumors of Miller leaving Strikeforce to sign with the UFC even before the Zuffa acquisition of Strikeforce. I hope to see Mayhem in the Octagon sooner rather than later.