Middleweight unhappy with fight against Bisping
The UFC president told HeavyMMA.com in Chicago four days after Miller's loss to Michael Bisping that his performance was among the worst he had ever seen in the UFC – and that he was unsure if he would give Miller another fight.
Earlier this week, from Holland where he is training, Miller updated the blog at his official website and talked about his performance, saying he agrees with White and hopes to learn from the loss.
"I am very disappointed about it, but have used the past couple weeks to reflect on everything and have come to some conclusions," Miller said. "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."
Miller was able to get a takedown against Bisping in the first round of their main event at the TUF 14 Finale, but did little with the position. Bisping dominated him in the standup game in the second and third rounds before getting a TKO stoppage. Miller (24-8, 0-2 UFC) landed 38 of 131 total strikes. But in the second and third rounds, he combined to land just 10 of 72. Bisping was 133 for 202 in the same rounds.
"It was bad," White told HeavyMMA in Chicago. "To be honest … It was the worst standup I've ever seen in my life. I don't know if I've ever seen standup that bad. … Some of the punches that were thrown by Mayhem Miller in this fight, you can go to a girls Tae Bo class and see better form in standup. It was embarrassing. The guy's been in the business over 10 years. It looked like it was his first fight ever. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen."
Miller, who said he is training his kickboxing with recent UFC signee Siyar Badaharzada and Golden Glory coach Martin De Jong, said he has tried to turn the loss and White's comments into a positive as he goes forward.
"I made a lot of mistakes in this story – during the camp, during the fight – but the key to living life is learning from your mistakes and making positive change," Miller said. "I feel very positive right now … I would be absolutely nothing without persistence and positive thinking."
Miller's loss snapped a two-fight winning streak that saw him get first-round stoppages of Tim Stout in Strikeforce and Kazushi Sakuraba in Dream in 2010. His fight with Bisping was his first in more than 14 months and his first in the UFC since a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 52 in April 2005.