Don’t look for Jason “Mayhem” Miller to fight in the UFC anytime soon. MMAWeekly.com first reported that Miller signed an exclusive deal with ICON in Hawaii. A press release was later released by ICON.
November 22, 2005 Honolulu, HI – Icon Sport, the new face of Super Brawl, has reached an agreement with Jason “Mayhem” Miller that will keep the charismatic mixed martial arts athlete competing exclusively in the organization’s Hawaii events throughout 2006. “Mayhem’s” match against current Icon middleweight (185-lbs) champion, “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler, on February 18, 2006, will be the last fight of his current three-event deal. After the Lawler match, “Mayhem’s” new contract goes into effect, guaranteeing four fights and six-digit earnings potential.
Icon Sport President T. Jay Thompson, speaking on Jason “Mayhem” Miller:
“‘Mayhem’ has shown fans of mixed martial arts that he is the real deal. He’s one of the toughest and most talented fighters – mentally and physically – that I’ve ever seen. He’s a student of the game who never stops improving. And he competes with a passion and joy that simply draws fans to him. “Mayhem” never quits, he always entertains, and he respects his opponents, the fans, and the sport. That is why we are so proud to have him as part of the Icon family in Hawaii.”
Jason “Mayhem Miller, speaking earlier today of his new contract:
“I’m full of joy. Icon Sport has always been good to me. They’ve given me great opponents and greater opportunities. I just want to show all the Hawaii fans that I can be their champion. I think 2006 is going to be the ‘year of Mayhem’ in the Islands. ”
Atlanta-born “Mayhem” first gained notoriety in Hawaii with an impressive win over fellow welterweight (170-lbs) Jay Buck in the June 2003 Super Brawl event, “Collision Course.” Virtually unknown at the time, “Mayhem” quickly won over the Hawaii fans’ backing with his scrappy, never-say-qui! t style and his witty post-fight interviews.
“Mayhem” returned to Super Brawl twice in 2003, scoring dominant victories over Hawaii’s Sean Taylor and former Super Brawl champion Egan Inoue. In 2004 “Mayhem” overpowered and submitted Hawaii’s top welterweight, Ronald Jhun, winning the then-vacant Super Brawl Middleweight Title. “Mayhem” crushed former Hawaii Golden Gloves boxer Mark Moreno in his first title defense at Super Brawl “Icon” in July 2005. Immediately after his victory over Moreno, “Mayhem” relinquished his welterweight title so that he could pursue the middleweight belt, which Hawaii’s Falaniko Vitale lost to “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler later that same evening.
“Mayhem’s” popularity reached a crescendo when he faced off against Falaniko Vitale in the recent Icon Sport event, “Opposites Attract.” An organized “Mayhem” fan group – the “Mayhem Monkeys” – which came into existence via internet community sites and “Mayhem’s” frequent on-! line “blog” entries, arrived at the event dressed-up as their mixed martial arts idol. Hundreds wore “Mayhem’s” familiar red hair stripe, kung-fu attire, and sinister mask. Thousands more chanted and cheered “Mayhem’s” name as the main event took place.
With the encouragement of his substantial Hawaii fan base and the wild Mayhem Monkeys, “Mayhem” escaped both Vitale’s powerful striking and a near-fight-finishing rear-naked-choke submission attempt in the first round of their match. In the second round, “Mayhem” took control ! of the contest, taking Vitale to the ground and forcing submission with his own rear-naked-choke. After the fight, a visibly tearful Jason “Mayhem” Miller paid respect to the supportive Hawaii fans and his opponent.
Tickets for the Jason “Mayhem” Miller versus “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler Icon Sport World Championship go on sale late December 2005. Icon Sport will be holding a press conference for this championship main event in mid-December 2005.
Speaking of Lawler, MMAWeekly.com has learned that Lawler rejected a three fight deal with the UFC and may be ready to sign a similiar deal to compete in Icon in Hawaii. ICON promoter T. Jay Thompson would not confirm Lawler’s deal to MMAWeekly.com.