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UFC Quick Quote: 'Mayhem' Miller was a victim of the cowardly ban-hammer

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"This is a political environment. Nobody's going to tell you. They're just going to be cowards about it ... Up until the last minute – up until it was apparent that they had no intention of fulfilling the contract – I was like, hey, I'm ready to fight. Let's fight. At the last moment, it looks as if, okay, they can't fulfill the contract. Now I fight in the UFC. ...I have no ill will towards anyone. If that's how they saw it, then that's how they saw it. If that's the case that I was really banned [from Showtime], then hey, it's not the first place I've been 86'd from. Maybe it was because I was the only guy who apologized and accepted the blame (for Nashville). I was the only guy who really apologized for it, and not this half-hearted thing where my manager's making me say I'm sorry. I was truly apologetic. That whole incident, I never expected anything like that to happen."

Polarizing middleweight contender Jason Miller talks to MMA Fighting about the "Mayhem" surrounding his recently-expired Strikeforce contract that kept him benched for the better part of his 2010 fight campaign after a lifetime ban by CBS and Showtime. Miller hasn't competed stateside since pounding out Tim Stout in Nashville over a year ago at the same event that saw him brawl with the Cesar Gracie Academy on live television. After being forced to wait out his contract, the leader of the "Monkeys" was quickly snatched up by the UFC and paired off against Aaron Simpson for July 2. But will the downtime leave him riding in the caboose? Or can he derail the "A-Train" and make his former employers rue the day they banned him from competing?

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