Some wake-up calls come early in the morning while staying at a hotel, others inside a cage while an opponent pummels you. UFC middleweight Jason Miller encountered the second kind last December when he fought Michael Bisping after the two had served as opposing coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 14. In the bout “Mayhem” was beaten soundly, running out of steam in the third round where he was stopped by strikes for only the second time in his 31-fight career.
When Miller steps into the Octagon on Saturday night CB Dollaway fans will witness a new version of “Mayhem” thanks to an increased training regiment including work at Reign Training Center where UFC fighters like Jake Ellenberger, Krzysztof Soszynski, and Mark Munoz have helped mold him into a better fighter.
“Probably the most important part of this training camp has been Mark Munoz, the nicest guy in MMA. Also, one of the toughest men on Earth at 185 pounds,” said Miller in a “Fighter Diary” for the UFC promoting the bout. “Mark’s been very helpful in this camp because he’s a former wrestling teammate of Dollaway and also KO’d him in thirty seconds.”
“Me and Mark and face-punch friends,” he continued on his relationship with the middleweight contender. “Sometimes when we spar we basically fight. It’s hard to find a guy I can spar with that intensity.”
Not only did the sting of defeat spur Miller to up his fitness level but also the possibility of being released as he nearly was based on his lackluster showing against Bisping.
“I say it’s the most important fight of my life but that’s some cliché bullsh*t I think every fighter says every time they fight. The only difference is this time it’s true,” admitted Miller. “I’ve never trained this hard for a fight. I’ve never been so focused for a fight. I love art in all its forms. Fighting is my art.”
Miller-Dollaway will serve as part of the FX undercard on Saturday with things starting up at 8:00 PM EST.
Check out the full video from “Mayhem” below:
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