Dana White didn’t hold back with his thoughts on the headline bout of The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale this evening which saw Michael Bisping claim a third round TKO victory over Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller.
“The most one-sided fight I might have seen in the UFC!” White told his followers on Twitter following the fight.
That’s certainly an exaggeration. In fact ‘Mayhem’ actually won the first round, largely thanks to taking down the Brit and pinning him against the cage for a significant spell.
The ‘Bully Beatdown’ star did gas horribly in the second and third rounds though which did mean that it was almost entirely one-way traffic in the final 10 minutes or so of the fight before Mayhem was finally put out of his misery by the referee.
After the fight Mayhem refused to offer excuses, though he did apologize to the fans for gassing out.
“Damn. Got tired. Got beat. Thanks for watching. I’ll be back stronger next time,” he wrote later on Twitter.
There is a possible reason for Mayhem’s poor conditioning though as it’s been over fourteen months since he last fought due to spending a long spell in contractual limbo with Strikeforce and then heading straight into coaching TUF.
Nevertheless there’s no disguising this was a bad performance and given that White appears to have been far from impressed with his display it does raise the question of whether Mayhem now has to worry about his future in the UFC.
Personally I think it’s highly unlikely he’ll be cut. There’s definitely still a place for someone with his skills and personality in the division, though he’ll have to show a marked improvement next time out.
Having said that, let’s not forget that Mayhem has been harshly cut from the UFC before after just one fight – and that was after a loss to none other than Georges St.Pierre back in 2005, so anything’s possible!
Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Not long after this article was written Dana White put a question mark over Mayhem’s future in an interview with HeavyMMA.com’s Megan Olivi.
“I don’t know [if Mayhem will be cut]. We’ll see. He didn’t have a good performance against Georges St. Pierre and he definitely didn’t have a good performance against Michael Bisping.”