Popular middleweight fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller has become the first high profile Strikeforce star to make the switch to the UFC since the two promotion’s were brought under Zuffa’s banner.
It was announced today that Miller has signed a multi-fight deal with the sports leading organization after his existing contract ran out.
Miller has spent much of the last year on the sidelines waiting to fufill the remaining fight on his Strikeforce contract, but when a proposed fight with rival Nick Diaz fell through, it seemed that there were few alternatives for him.
Prior to Zuffa’s takeover of Strikeforce, ‘Mayhem’ had hinted that he wasn’t interested in a move to the UFC as he liked the freedom his current employer gave him to fight for other organizations like DREAM, and also take time out to front his ‘Bully Beatdown’ show on MTV.
After the takeover Miller changed his tune however, and recently had been talking up the idea of appearing as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter opposite Michael Bisping.
That certainly could be a possibility if the UFC aren’t able to put together Bisping Vs Sonnen as was originally planned, and he’s one of the few people with the personality to be an adequate replacement for the outspoken Sonnen.
Regardless of that, Mayhem’s presence will undoubtedly bolster the UFC’s 185lb division, and fills a hole in the upper reaches of the division that was left when Nate Marquardt made the decision to drop down to 170lbs.
This won’t be Miller’s first time in the UFC, he fought once before back at UFC 52 in 2005, losing by decision to Georges St.Pierre. He’ll be hoping to make more of an impression this time round, and he certainly has the skills to provide a tough test for a number of the middleweight divisions top contenders.