by Ken Pishna, MMAWeekly.com
Ever since his manic performance against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52, everyone has been wondering where Jason “Mayhem” Miller has gone. Well, it seems he’s doing just find and surfaced out in Hawaii as he prepares for his next fight.
No, Mayhem won’t be back in the UFC… not just yet anyway. There was speculation that he would be fighting on either the first full-length UFC on Spike TV on August 6th or the next pay-per-view card on August 20th. According to Mayhem, “There was contact made. There was an offer, but my manager didn’t think that it was the right deal for me right now and I had to agree. It’s not that I don’t want to fight in the UFC because I really would like to fight there again. It was great.”
For now, he will step into the ring once again in Hawaii to defend his SuperBrawl Middleweight Title, this time against Mark Moreno on July 23rd on the same card that will feature Falaniko Vitale and Robbie Lawler. Actually, that is where Mayhem is right now, out in paradise, one of his newfound homes. “I live wherever my platinum teeth are,” says Mayhem. “And the fans out here are really responding to me. I love it!”
Though he has been training mostly with Mark Laimon, Phil Baroni, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman and the rest of the crew at Laimon’s Cobra Kai school in Las Vegas as of late; Mayhem has been out in Hawaii recently to train with a varied group of partners all over the place. “I have some state champion wrestlers that I’ve been working with, some boxers at the marine base, just different guys all over the place.”
While out in Hawaii, Mayhem has also been hitting the seminar circuit. “Most of the guys want the grappling, so the seminars have been primarily Brazilian Jiujitsu,” he says. “My dream is to have my own gym one day and have it be straight MMA. That’s the future of this sport, where guys are covering everything.”
For now though, Mayhem is content to be in the position he’s at. As he put it, “Lot’s of big organizations have been showing a lot of interest right now. It’s great to be at this point in my career and with a manager that really knows what he is doing and helping me along. I am having a blast!”