by Ken Pishna
On a card that is loaded with talent, Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Lodune Sincaid are having a difficult time getting some attention. That’s no small feat, as Miller has one of the busiest (and shiniest) mouths in the sport, while Sincaid usually garners at least a small amount of attention himself as a former Ultimate Fighter contestant.
Miller and Sincaid are locking horns on the renewed World Fighting Alliance’s first foray into California with a top-flight pay-per-view roster. On July 22nd, The Forum in Los Angeles will host such athletes as Quinton Jackson, Matt Lindland, Bas Rutten, Ricco Rodriguez, Ron Waterman, Ivan Salaverry, Art Santore, and more, in addition to Miller and Sincaid.
Although he didn’t really impress fans with his stint on The Ultimate Fighter, Sincaid has slowly been working to make a name for himself. After TUF, Sincaid dropped his next two bouts; one to fellow reality competitor-turned coach Nate Quarry, and the next to Kyacey Uscola.
But that’s when things started to change. Sincaid, a student of Gene Lebelle, seemed to find his rhythm. He got back on the winning track by defeating fellow TUF veteran Alex Schoenauer, and followed that with impressive wins over UFC veteran James Irvin and Lion’s Den fighter Dan Molina.
Though he has moderate striking skills, Sincaid’s ground game has been steadily improving, blending a background in high school wrestling and traditional martial arts, with the more eclectic Judo stylings of Lebelle and the Sambo teachings of Gokor Chavichian. He’ll need all of that for his latest and perhaps greatest challenge in Jason Miller.
Over the past three years, Miller has only lost one fight, and that was to Georges St. Pierre, the number one contender to Matt Hughes’ UFC Welterweight Title.
Over that same period of time, Miller has established himself as one of the hottest up-and-coming fighters in the world. His 8-1 record over that period includes victories over Egan Inoue, Ronald Jhun, Falaniko Vitale, and the 350-pound Stefan Gamlin.
Though Gamlin was a huge step up in weight for Miller, this fight with Sincaid is also out of his usual weight class. Despite the admitted “failed experiment” at 170-pounds against St. Pierre – he usually competes at 185 pounds in the middleweight division – Miller will tip the scales at 205 pounds against Sincaid.
Miller is an extremely aggressive and active ground fighter with a solid stand-up game to go with it. With the heavier weight limit for this fight, he has worked hard to maintain his speed and aggressiveness on the ground and believes that it will be there. If his 46-second shutdown of the 350-pound Gamlin is any indication, he should be just fine.
With the oddsmakers and popular opinion in his favor, Miller is the heavy favorite to walk out of the cage on Saturday night with another notch on his belt. Though both fighters rely heavily on their respective ground games, Miller has a much more aggressive style on the ground and has been able to apply it against a longer list of top talent than Sincaid has. Not only that, but Miller’s edge in the striking department should help him to more effectively set up his takedowns and submission attacks.
Sincaid’s best chance in this one is to come into the fight in the best condition possible and hope that Miller will find the higher weight class more and more difficult as the fight goes on. Of course, that means that Sincaid also has to avoid Miller’s attempts to finish the fight early, as he almost always does.
Unless Sincaid pulls a surprise upset in this one, look for Miller to dominate with his quick and aggressive ground attack en route to victory.