Jason “Mayhem” Miller has been preparing to take on Tim Kennedy during HDNet Fights on December 15th. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Miller about his training, the upcoming fight, his relationship with ZUFFA and the WEC and much more.
Adam Morgan: You’ve gone from Team Oyama to Marc Laimon’s squad, and now to Team Quest. Is it your philosophy to train somewhere for a year or two and then move on to the next place to develop your all around game?
“Mayhem” Miller: Isn’t that everybody’s philosophy? The only thing in this world that’s constant is change, so I constantly change and I think it works well for me. So far, Team Quest right now is doing it really good for me, so I here I am, rock you like a hurricane.
Adam Morgan: What is the atmosphere like for you training at Team Quest with guys like Dan Henderson and Sokoudjou?
“Mayhem” Miller: It’s terrible. Probably the worst thing ever.
Adam Morgan: What’s a daily routine for you over there?
“Mayhem” Miller: Well, to put it in terms that you can understand, imagine me walking you through a long hallway, like really long, and beating you with baseball bats at random intervals. Then, making you sprint down the hallway and go back and do it again. That’s approximately what I feel like on a day to day basis.
Adam Morgan: How did your relationship with the WEC end?
“Mayhem” Miller: I said look, it’s not me, it’s you. We can still be friends and then we made out and made love one last time. Then I left and closed the door.
Adam Morgan: So was it more of a decision on your end?
“Mayhem” Miller: No, it was a mutual thing.
Adam Morgan: Did Zuffa ever express any unhappiness about you doing a lot of broadcasting work with Pro Elite?
“Mayhem” Miller: No, they never mentioned that once but now that you bring it up, boy, maybe that was an issue.
Adam Morgan: Do you think Zuffa was at all scared of your personality? I mean, you’re a pretty likable guy and people think you’re pretty funny, but do you think they were scared that your popularity might reach a point to where they couldn’t even control it?
“Mayhem” Miller: I don’t know, I mean, you’d have to ask them these questions. I just know that regardless of wherever I fight I have the Mayhem Monkeys behind me and that’s a powerful thing to have, to have a loyal fanbase and not many fighters do. There’s a lot of fair-weather fans. I’ve kind of grown it grass roots through “the internets,” so I do have that working for me in whatever organization I go to.
Adam Morgan: Are you still getting those great seats for the UFC shows?
“Mayhem” Miller: Oh no, dude, I traded my way up to those seats anyway when I was sitting behind Wanderlei. I just trade up, a lot of people owe me high fives so I high five them and do whatever I want.
Adam Morgan: Are you still involved with ICON Sport at all?
“Mayhem” Miller: Not on paper. I love those guys, they’re great, they’re really good people. I hope to work with them in the future but currently I’m not contracted anywhere except for HDNet.
Adam Morgan: Getting to your upcoming fight at HDNet, I spoke with Tim Kennedy a couple of weeks ago and he had nothing but great things to say about you. What’s your assessment of Tim Kennedy as a fighter?
“Mayhem” Miller: He’s a great fighter. I mean, he has a win over me, so he’s a really great fighter. Times are different now and as much as I respect him, I have to beat him. That’s my job.
Adam Morgan: There have been some reports that you asked for this fight with Kennedy. Is that true?
“Mayhem” Miller: Well, I mean I didn’t go out of my way to text message Guy Mezger and tell him to put it on there but I said if you can get him I definitely want to fight him. I guess you could put it that way.
Adam Morgan: Back in 2005 before the fight with Georges St. Pierre, you had an interview with MMA Weekly and said that Tim Kennedy was your toughest fight to date. Is that still the case?
“Mayhem” Miller: I think so, yeah. Without a doubt, probably yeah. You know, I’ve had tough fights since then, of course, but that definitely ranks up there as one of the toughest ones ever. I’m looking forward to an exciting one here on the 15th.
Adam Morgan: Should you win this fight and Frank Trigg wins his fight, it looks like you two are on a collision course for your next fight. Do you think that’s the case?
“Mayhem” Miller: Yeah, absolutely. Of course, man, I want to do that.
Adam Morgan: I was watching your video from the North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo and you said something about one of your sponsors, Throwdown, owing you money. What’s up with that situation?
“Mayhem” Miller: Yeah man, Throwdown, these guys are assholes, man. Don’t even get me started, I can’t believe these guys. I asked these guys to either stop using my image or pay me and then on top of that, to rub it in, they said “Oh, you know what? We’re going to give you a bunch of shirts to sell out of the trunk of your car and that’ll be your payment for the past 8 months of using your face without paying you.”
It’s ridiculous, man. Shit is ridiculous. I don’t know, do they want me to sue them or something? And it’s not just me, it’s an industry wide spectacle, like they’re not paying anybody. I think they pay Rampage but that’s it. As far as I know they owe a lot of people money and they’re just running out on their debts. I don’t even want to give these guys any exposure by mentioning their name in this interview.
Adam Morgan: Is it safe to say that’s an industry wide thing as far as sponsorships go in general or is it certain companies giving fighters the shaft?
“Mayhem” Miller: This isn’t the first time this has happened to me and I don’t want to be a whiny bitch about it. I think if you ask any fighter about their sponsors, you’ll come up with a story about a sponsor stiffing them or a sponsor doing whatever. It’s just that that’s where we are in this industry and I think it’s just a lack of professionalism. As this industry grows bigger and bigger, maybe these problems will be less and less. As it stands right now you’ve got a lot of fly-by-night companies taking advantage of fighters. It’s sad to see, you know, but that’s just part of life.
Adam Morgan: Any shout outs you want to make or any good sponsors you want to thank?
“Mayhem” Miller: I’d like to make a shout out to people who make shout outs because I think shout outs are retarded. I hate on the radio when they’re like “I wanna give a shout out to my homey, Little Ray Ray and Shaequan,” because what’s the point of that? Only you know and Ray Ray knows that you’re making a shout out to them, so what the hell? I think there should be a new name for how ridiculous shout outs are, like “ridonculous” or “retardulous.” I don’t know, that’s just my opinion, so take it for what it’s worth.
Adam Morgan: Any sponsors?
“Mayhem” Miller: Well, Triumph United is the only who says they’re going to pay me and then they pay me. That’s where you saw that YouTube clip of NAMMAE. ProElite.com also helps me out. Those people are my welfare system that has been in place to help me out during this break from the ring.
Adam Morgan: What’s going on with Triumph United, by the way? Are you involved with that company as far as the business aspect of it goes?
“Mayhem” Miller: Yeah, my thing with Triumph United is I scout talent and talk to guys about getting sponsored with Triumph United. So I’ve moved from just being a schlub who gets paid to wear their clothes to schlub who gets paid to talk to the fighters about wearing the clothes.
Adam Morgan: Any last words for the Monkeys out there?
“Mayhem” Miller: I already said here I am, rock you like a hurricane, so I don’t think anything else really needs to be said.