Thinking that he was just out to show his support for a teammate, UFC fighter Uriah Hall ended up in an unintended scuffle of his own at the Oct. 25 BAMMA USA Beatdown 11 event.
The initial reports were simply that UFC’s Uriah Hall had taken a swing at Jason “Mayhem” Miller, as he taunted Hall while yelling racially laden taunts. Hall, however, told MMAWeekly.com how things occurred from his perspective.
Hall attended the BAMMA USA event to support fellow Reign MMA fighter Rachael Cummins. He was approached by the promoters to go into the ring and be recognized alongside other celebrities in attendance. This included Miller.
As he was making his way to the ring, he came up to a group of Reign MMA’s athletes who were huddled around a female.
“It was like they were protecting her,” Hall recalled. Uriah approached to check on the situation, and that is when Mayhem made his presence known.
“Initially, I saw a big bald-headed dude. Then it hit me that it was Mayhem Miller. I was a little star struck, at first,” said Hall. “He was yelling at me though, and wanted to talk to the girl. I guess it was his ex. I tried to stay calm and just diffuse things. I was still kind of shocked that it was all happening.”
The yelling from Miller attracted the attention of several onlookers, including security guards. Hall said that once security got there, Miller’s aggression escalated. As a video put out by MMAInterviews.tv’s Spencer Lazara shows, Mayhem continued to yelling, getting more aggressive in his tone, which led to the eventual swing from Hall.
“I think I just barely clipped him,” he recalled.
Security quickly removed both Hall and Miller from the event floor, but it didn’t end at that point. Hall admitted to later looking for Miller in the casino, until his anger subsided. He later apologized to security. Meanwhile, Miller took to his phone tweeting and texting more racially charged comments to Hall.
“I don’t know how he got my number,” said Hall. “I asked and his response was, ‘I am Mayhem Miller, I know everything.’”
Hall was back in training Saturday morning, and considered the incident to be behind him. He says genuinely, “I feel sorry for him. I hope he gets the help that he needs before it gets worse.”
Hall is hopeful that fans and media would shift their focus to his upcoming fight against Chris Leben at UFC 168, and would like to leave this incident in his past.
Thus far, the UFC has taken no action over the incident, and told MMAWeekly.com that they have no comment.