In what marks the first signing of a Strikeforce star to the UFC’s ranks since the landmark Zuffa-Strikeforce merger, MMAFighting.com is reporting that Jason “Mayhem” Miller is rejoining the middleweight ranks in the UFC.
Though Strikeforce is officially part of the Zuffa/Forza family, UFC president Dana White has said that his promotion will honor all existing Strikeforce contracts until they expire. With Miller’s Strikeforce contract recently having run out, the path was laid for him to return to the UFC and breath some life into the 185lbs. division.
A veteran of over thirty professional bouts, “Mayhem” has fought in the UFC once before back in 2005. Miller took on current UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre before he had ascended to the throne, dropping the bout via unanimous decision after three rounds.
At 30-years-old, Miller has spent time in the cage with some of the most notable names in the sport en route to amassing his 24-7 record. He owns fourteen victories by submission, six by KO or TKO and four by decision. Conversely, five of his seven losses came by decision, one by submission and one by TKO.
The host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, Miller most recently appeared in action against MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba — the two met at DREAM 16 this past September — whom he defeated via first round submission. Prior to that, Miller took out little-known Tim Stout via first round TKO last spring at Strikeforce: Nashville, where his infamous brawl with the Cesar Gracie team took place.
No word yet on when or against whom Miller will make his UFC debut.