If you are a new or more relaxed fan of mixed martial arts, you likely only know Jason “Mayhem” Miller as the rambunctious guy with ever-changing hair color who used to host Bully Beatdown and currently hosts The Ultimate Fighter.
However, the 30-year-old is much more those things. First and foremost, Miller is a fighter. He tells stories of early in his career, when he traveled to the west coast and lived out of his van while training. Though seemingly scattered and wild, Mayhem pursues martial arts with a single-minded focus, continually sharpening his tools and adding new ones to his game, even amidst self-started hijinx in the gym. Miller has trained with and fought against some of the best in the world, having squared off with the likes of Chael Sonnen, Denis Kang, Tim Kennedy, Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and Jake Shields, to name a few.
He is an artist, expressing himself through writing (he often pens guest columns for Fight! Magazine, as well as others) and comedy (Mayhem has started a budding career as a stand-up comedian), as well as through fighting. He is a teacher, taking an active role in helping his teammates at Reign Training Center and Kings MMA improve their overall MMA games and prepare for their fights; his prowess in that area was evidenced during the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he is seen to be a calm, rational and effective coach.
On the surface, Miller is loud, reckless, and appears to be missing a few marbles, but – while those things certainly are a part of who Mayhem is – he is also thoughtful, sincere and dedicated to his craft.
Kept mostly quiet over the past year or so thanks to some unfortunate politics over at Strikeforce/Showtime, Miller will make his return to the spotlight and the UFC this weekend, where he’ll take on opposing TUF 14 coach Michael Bisping in the main event of the TUF 14 Finale. Check out the video below (courtesy DoggedTV) to get some insight into who Mayhem is and do yourself a favor this week by checking out some of Miller’s fights or highlights.