There's nothing like a good ultimatum, especially when it involves a fight to determine a man's status as a professional fighter. From time to time, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has doled out such "make or break" stipulations to his employees.
Oddly enough, this time the gauntlet has been thrown down by a fighter ... on himself. Jason Miller appeared on Spike TV's "MMA Uncensored Live" last night (March 29, 2012), where he discussed his upcoming fight, a middleweight mash up opposite C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on May 26, 2012.
After getting his clock cleaned by Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in "Sin City" on Dec. 3, 2011, "Mayhem" is aware that he needs to redeem himself in a big way. According to Miller, if he loses this one, Dana White won't even get the chance to fire him:
"I'm on my own chopping block. If I lose to him, I'm quitting! I don't even deserve to be in there! There's not an easy fight. In the UFC, there's no easy fight. He doesn't deserve to be in there with me, and I'll prove it. I'll prove it in under a round, because, we see...I tend to get tired in the second round (laughs). We're both in a similar spot in our career I guess. We're both on the chopping block. That's fine. I'm really happy with that."
More from "Mayhem" after the jump:
During his on-air appearance, Miller was asked about his fight against Bisping and what went wrong. He was quick to say that he doesn't make excuses, but he might in a few months:
"You know what? I have a new rule. I don't make excuses for fights until eight months after. So, I still have like five more months. I'll come back on here in five months and tell you guys what happened. There's no way to explain a fight you lost without going, 'Well, it was 'cuz of this,' or 'It was 'cuz of that.' There's no way. And I'm not that kinda guy. That's not what I do."
The point was made that while Miller did get beat up by Bisping pretty badly, "The Count" may not be getting the credit he deserves as a fighter himself.
He might get his ass kicked, but not by fighters that "suck:"
"I don't get my ass kicked by sucky guys. I beat the Hell out of 'em. I just came up short that night. I'm not gonna make excuses for it. There's no point to doin' it. You know what I mean?"
Miller's UFC 146 opponent, Dollaway, should be coming into their fight desperate. He's lost his last two bouts, to Mark Muñoz and Jared Hamman, respectively. Everyone knows the UFC isn't big on keeping guys around who lose three in a row.
Three strikes and all that.
Fans and critics are quick to question a fighter's motivation when he loses. Miller is no different, but he wants it to be known that fighting is his passion and what he lives to do, regardless of the other things that may keep him busy outside the cage:
"It's (fighting is) something that I've had a close, intimate relationship with since I was 16 years old. So, there's something there that --it's my wife. you know what I mean? I don't have a wife. That's my wife, and, ya know, someday she'll give me some kids."
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