Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller’s return to the UFC earlier this month went anything but according to plan. After a decent start he quickly found himself being overcome by Michael Bisping and then gassed badly, resulting in a third round TKO stoppage.
To add insult to injury Mayhem was then put on blast by UFC president Dana White who declared it the most one-sided fight in UFC history, heavily criticized Mayhem’s striking abilities and made it clear that his future in the company was far from secure.
It must have been a tough time for the former Strikeforce fighter, but it appears that he’s taken it on the chin and appears to have taken a, ‘What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger’ stance on the situation.
Addressing his fans on his own website, Miller vows not to focus on the negatives, but rather to use the experience to better himself.
“Dana White was right. He made some disparaging comments about my performance, and I agree with him. I displayed the worst of everything that night in the octagon. I was tense in round one and I locked up after that. I didn’t perform to my potential, and I take full responsibility for it. That wasn’t a UFC caliber performance, and I’m not happy about it- I won’t, however, write a worthless diatribe on myself, because that is not constructive. I elect instead to take this misstep and make something positive out of it.
We are all the custodians of our own destinies, and we must all try to do the absolute best with what we have to work with- sometimes you will have great successes and other times colossal failure, but if you don’t try time and time again, you will be left on your couch with nothing but a bucket of “What-ifs.” You have no choice in this life but to push forward and try to do the best you can.”
For Miller that entails heading to Holland, one of the kickboxing mecca’s of the world where he’ll look to shore up the sizeable holes in his striking game.
“Currently I’m in Holland, working on my kickboxing with Siyar Badaharzada (@siyarthekiller) and one of the greatest MMA trainers in the world, Martijn De Jong (@martijndej) as well as teaching here in Europe.”
At this stage it’s still not clear whether Miller will be given the opportunity to showcase the improvements he makes in the UFC’s Octagon.
Read more of Mayhem’s thoughts on the situation at his website.