UFC president comments on Miller, post-Bisping loss
CHICAGO – Dana White had some blunt and fairly harsh words about Jason "Mayhem" Miller's loss to Michael Bisping at the TUF 14 Finale on Saturday. With a few days to reflect, apply some rational thought and respond again, he was even more harsh.
Miller returned to the UFC for the first time in more than six and a half years and fought Bisping after the two coached opposite each other on "The Ultimate Fighter." But Miller was dominated by Bisping, who according to FightMetric won the striking battle a whopping 150-38. Most of Miller's strikes came in the first round, when he scored a lone first-round takedown out of 11 attempts in the fight and used it mainly to hold Bisping down in a leg triangle. Bisping dominated the second round and the third before finally getting the wave-off from Steve Mazzagatti.
After the fight, White took to his Twitter, as he often does, calling the Bisping win perhaps "the most one-sided fight" he had ever seen in the UFC. On Wednesday after a press conference announcing UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis at the United Center in Chicago, White told Heavy.com he was still uncertain about what will happen next for Miller.
"I still don't know (what I'm going to do with him)," White told Heavy. "It was bad. To be honest, and my Twitter's been blowing up with Mayhem fans blasting me, but facts are facts: It was the worst standup I've ever seen in my life. I don't know if I've ever seen standup that bad."
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.
Might it have just been an off night for Miller? Perhaps. He hadn't fought in more than 14 months, dating back to a submission of Kazushi Sakuraba at Dream 16 in September 2010. A little bit of cage rust after a long layoff? Maybe. But White was unrelenting.
"I don't even know what to call it – I've seen guys with some ring rust," White said. "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."
Since his MMA debut more than 10 years ago, Miller has built a solid resume. His list of losses are against a caliber of fighter that makes them understandable, if not forgivable – Chael Sonnen, Tim Kennedy, Georges St-Pierre, Frank Trigg, Jacare Souza, Jake Shields.
And that's the other reason White is perplexed about not only what went on in front of him at The Palms in Las Vegas on Saturday, but just what to do with Miller now.
"The guy's been in the business over 10 years," White said. "It looked like it was his first fight ever. It was the weirdest thing I've ever seen."