Attention monkeys: Jason "Mayhem" Miller (20-5) will return to action against Katsuyori Shibata (2-3) during the DREAM 3 event that takes place at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on May 11, according to MMAnews.com.
Miller was last seen in action at HDNet Fights: "Reckless Abandon" on December 15 of last year where he defeated Tim Kennedy via unanimous decision. He sustained a leg injury because of that fight and has been recovering from it ever since.
And he's apparently itching to get back to competition.
Here's a snip from Mayhem's MySpace.com blog:
"Its time to fight yo. Its on and crackin. I feel like a savage right now. An axe swinging savage. That's right, I said it. I will be adorning myself with warpaint shortly and scalping the whiteman if he comes near my village with his smallpox infested ass."
Miller has kept a high profile (no surprise) during his layoff, working for ProElite recently to conduct fighter interviews and other shenanigans at Elite XC events. However, he did so with a noticable limp, which I witnessed firsthand at the Elite XC: "Street Certified" show in Miami, Fla., in February.
Mayhem has won 13 of his last 15 fights. The two losses were a technical knockout courtesy of Frank Trigg in December of 2006 and a unanimous decision to current UFC Welterweight Champion George St. Pierre in April 2005.
That's nothing of which to be ashamed.
His opponent next month, however, has not shared that same success. Shibata has lost his last three fights, including one to MMA legend Kazushi Sakuraba via a first round armbar. His only two wins are to a winless guy named Ice Man (thats his actual name) in 2004 and to Yoshihisa Yamamoto (13-23) last March.
Not exactly a world class resume.
On paper, this is a fight Mayhem should win as long as his injured leg has had enough time to heal up. He's always been a fan favorite with his charasmatic style in and out of the cage. This will be a nice opportunity for him to win over some more "Mayhem Monkeys" in Japan.
DREAM 3 will also feature the semifinal match ups of the 2008 Lightweight Grand Prix, as well as other scheduled matches.