Professional fighter Jason “Mayhem” Miller was recently acquitted of charges of burglary, assault and criminal property damage by a Circuit Court jury in Hawaii.
The charges stemmed from an incident at the apartment of Miller’s girlfriend, Catherine Tanaka, on December 17, 2005. Miller contends that he accidentally broke in the door at Tanaka’s apartment when she didn’t answer. According to Miller, he then had to defend himself from a man that was already in the apartment. He says he did not attack the man.
Had he been found guilty, Miller could have faced up to 10 years in prison. Following a 2-1/2 day trial, he was acquitted after several hours of deliberation.
Contacted following the verdict, a relieved Miller told MMAWeekly, “I really can’t believe I accomplished as much as I did this year (3 wins and 1 loss in MMA) with all this drama. I’m just happy to be over it.”
Commenting on the incident Miller said, “It was just a stupid little thing that blew out of proportion and turned into a big, big issue.”
As for his fight career, Miller’s contract with the World Fighting Alliance was bought out by Zuffa, LLC (parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Extreme Cagefighting), as part of a deal to purchase select assets of the fading WFA, along with several other fighter’s contracts.
But Miller is unaware of what, if any, plans that Zuffa has in store for him. “I haven’t been contacted about my contract one way or the other, so I don’t know [what they plan to do],” said Miller. “If somebody wants to see me in the UFC, they need to let the UFC know about it because I don’t know what they’re doing [with my contract].”