Jason Miller talks retirement, UFC 146 backstage incidentPosted on May 28, 2012, 05:29 PM by Anton Gurevich
Miller is one of the most colorful characters in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, and is well known for his well-planned entrances. Only that this time, the UFC decided to protect the crowd from Mayhem's creativity (MMAMania.com, via The MMA Hour):
"It was my mask. Burt [Watson] suddenly started yelling about my mask. I had a gas mask for the troops underneath my paper bag, and Burt started telling me right as I'm walking out for the fight. I'm trying to get focused instead of arguing about a paper bag. Maybe it was my fault. I thought we had an understanding once I start walking out to the cage and then now I'm working, but obviously we're not on a playing field of mutual respect."
Miller also confirmed that he has now officially retired from Mixed Martial Arts competition. Thirty-one year old fighter sees "no point" in continuing his career, and feels that it's time to concentrate on his private aspirations:
"I feel free in a weird way. Like in the strangest way, I feel free and I know that sounds strange when I've devoted my entire life to fighting, but I feel like my life is unlocked for a whole other set of adventures. I don't feel the need to super-impress one person in particular, make them happy. I can focus on making myself happy and I don't have the pressures of a commissioner chasing me around with a piss cup or the pressures of everyone verbally abusing me for my missteps via social media. I feel like a weight is lifted."
Mayhem made his professional debut nearly 12 years ago, submitting Brian Warren via a Rear Naked Choke. Miller ends his career with a record of 23-9-(1), and notable victories over Tim Kennedy, Robbie Lawler, Dennis Kang and Kazushi Sakuraba. Mayhem never won any major MMA titles, but he definitely established himself as a champion in entertainment.