Jason Miller eats an uppercut from C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 26, 2012. Image via Esther Lin for MMA Fighting
Jason "Mayhem" Miller became the center of attention after UFC 146 for all the wrong reasons. He lost his bout to C.B. Dollaway, then was released from the promotion shortly after by UFC president Dana White for some sort of "incident" he didn't care to elaborate upon. Mayhem was a guest on Ariel Helwani's The MMA Hour today and gave his side of the story. He explained that it wasn't a post-fight incident but something that happened before his bout, and that he's effectively retired (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
"I said I would, so I am," said Miller. "I'm done for right now."
"I don't have the need to super-impress one person in particular and make them happy," Miller said. "I can focus on making myself happy. I don't have the pressures of a commissioner chasing me around with a piss cup. I don't have the pressures of everybody verbally abusing me for everyone one of my missteps via social media. I feel like a weight is lifted.
"Every fighter gives the same answer when they say they're retired. Pretty much every fighter says ‘I'm retired until I need money.' I'm a pretty smart dude, I have other avenues open to me."
As for the "incident", Miller explained that it was between him and Burt Watson just before his entrance, and that it threw him off:
"It was my mask," Miller said. "Burt suddenly started yelling about my mask. I had a gas mask for the troops underneath my paper bag, and Burt started telling me right as I'm walking out for the fight. I'm trying to get focused instead of arguing about a paper bag. Maybe it was my fault for, I don't know, I thought we had an understanding once I start walking out to the cage that now I'm working, but obviously we're not on a playing field of mutual respect.
"I wish I would have heard about it before so it would be easier to deal with. But here I am walking to the cage, and suddenly I started getting yelled at. I'm like ‘what, I'm trying to focus here.' Things don't always go the way you want. That's life and you have to deal with it."
You can catch more of what he had to say about Dana White and the idea of retirement, or listen to the entire thing, over at MMA Fighting.