The latest episode in Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller’s self-destructive downward spiral hit the headlines recently when he was arrested by police after vandalizing a tattoo store in California.
News of Miller’s arrest will come as little surprise to those who’ve witnessed the 35-year-old live up to his ‘Mayhem’ nickname throughout his long mixed martial arts career and beyond.
At one point in time Miller’s fighting talents, colorful personality and mischievious antics helped him to become a fan favorite, fighting for leading promotions like the UFC, Strikeforce, WEC and DREAM, while also featuring as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and starring as the host of MTV’s ‘Bully Beatdown’ series.
However, while at times he’s appeared to be a modern-day court jester, there’s always been a darker side to Miller’s eccentric behaviour, and as time has gone on the demons he’s battled in his personal life appear to have firmly taken control of the reigns.
In this article we’ll look at no less than 12 separate incidents where Miller truly did cause ‘Mayhem’ both inside and outside of the cage, and unearth the long police rap sheet that left him behind bars with a jaw-dropping $1 million bond for his most recent crime.
- 1 Battery Charge In Atlanta
- 2 Ex-Girlfriend Apartment Break-in
- 3 His lawyer also claimed that ‘Mayhem’ didn’t assault her boyfriend, and in fact the only reason he remained as long as he did was that the man kept holding him back. Strikeforce: Nashville Brawl
- 4 Backstage Altercation with Nick Diaz
- 5 Backstage Altercation With UFC’s Burt Watson
- 6 Church Break-In
- 7 ‘The MMA Hour’ Meltdown
- 8 Two Domestic Abuse Incidents In One Month
- 9 SWAT Team Showdown
- 10 Arrested After Fighting With Cops At Club
- 11 Assaulting Police Officer At His Home
- 12 Vandalizing A Tattoo Shop
Battery Charge In Atlanta
’Mayhem Miller’ has been in and out of trouble with the police for much of his adult life, as is evidenced by this first incident which dates all the way back to October of 2003 in Atlanta.
The 22 year-old Miller was reported to have punched a man three times in the face after his victim was alleged to have pushed a girl he was with at the time.
The man was left with a broken nose, with Miller later pleading guilty to aggravated battery and was sentenced to five years probation.
Ex-Girlfriend Apartment Break-in
In December of 2005, ‘Mayhem’ was arrested in Hawaii after he broke down the door of his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in the middle of the night and assaulted her new boyfriend.
Miller was charged with first-degree burglary and was facing a maximum of 10 years behind bars if he’d been found guilty.
However, Miller was acquitted after his lawyer successfully managed to convince the jury that the fighter had only kicked the door down as he was concerned for his ex-girlfriend’s safety after she failed to answer his repeated knocking at her door, which went on for 25 minutes.
His lawyer also claimed that ‘Mayhem’ didn’t assault her boyfriend, and in fact the only reason he remained as long as he did was that the man kept holding him back.
Strikeforce: Nashville Brawl
After watching his rival Jake Shields defend his middleweight title against Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville in April of 2010, ‘Mayhem’ made an impromptu attempt to call him out.
Three million people were watching live on CBS as Miller, who’d been cornering ‘Hendo’, interrupted Shields post-fight interview in the cage and cheekily asked him for a rematch.
Shields and his team-mates in the cage reacted angrily to the unauthorized intrusion and it sparked off an infamous brawl as the likes of Nick and Nate Diaz, Gilbert Melendez and Shields all swarmed on ‘Mayhem’ amidst chaotic scenes in the cage.
Despite the violence that ensued, Miller was pictured afterwards laughing as he walked past commentators Mauro Renallo and Gus Johnson, who looked on at him disapprovingly.
All the fighters involved in the brawl, including ‘Mayhem’ were later punished with three months suspensions from the sport in addition to fines.
Backstage Altercation with Nick Diaz
Nick Diaz had been the first to throw a punch at ‘Mayhem’ during the infamous Strikeforce: Nashville brawl and bad blood continued between the two afterwards.
Backstage at Strikeforce: Diaz Vs Noons II several months later the two men confronted each other in a hallway and become involved in a war of words, leading to Diaz throwing a bottle of water at Miller.
This time the two were separated before another brawl broke out though. ‘Mayhem’ continued to campaign for an official fight between the two in the Strikeforce cage, but it never came to fruition.
Backstage Altercation With UFC’s Burt Watson
’Mayhem’s’ second stint in the UFC came to a bitter end after a disappointing loss to CB Dolloway at UFC 146 in May of 2012.
Miller had indicated that he’d retire if he lost the fight, but UFC President Dana White didn’t wait to find out whether he’d follow through on that claim, announcing the next day that he had been fired for what White described as, “backstage antics” – branding the veteran fighter, “a clown.”
It later emerged that ‘Mayhem’ had become involved in a verbal altercation with the UFC’s highly respected backstage manager Burt Watson after being prevented from wearing a gas mask and paper bag over his head for his pre-fight walk-out.
’Mayhem’ appeared to take the news of his UFC dismissal and decision to retire hard, and it would mark the beginning of a steep downward spiral in his life in the years to come.
Miller’s behaviour became increasingly erratic, and just three months after being cut from the UFC he was arrested in Orange County under bizarre circumstances after being discovered by police sleeping completely naked in a church.
It emerged that ‘Mayhem’ had broken into the church the night before, damaged property inside, spray-painted on the walls and set off a fire-extinguisher prior to falling asleep.
Miller faced burglary and vandalism charges resulting from the incident, but luckily the case against him was dismissed several months later when the pastor of the church forgave him and came forward in his defense.
‘The MMA Hour’ Meltdown
Even after the church incident ‘Mayhem’s’ erratic behaviour continued, and that led to a truly bizarre interview with Ariel Helwani on ‘The MMA Hour’ radio show in October of 2012.
This was Miller’s first significant media appearance in months and he baffled both the host, and those watching online, by conducting the interview as ‘Lucky Patrick’ – a bit part role he had in an upcoming MMA inspired movie called ‘Here Comes The Boom’.
Helwani pleaded with Miller to drop the painfully awkward act, but instead the former fighter just became more aggressive and out-of-control, clambering up on a near-by table, shouting at the host, and then walking off the set.
A couple of weeks later Miller agreed to a second interview with Helwani in which he appeared much more like his old self, leading to hopes that perhaps he’d got his life back on track, but unfortunately the incidents that were to follow proved that was far from the case.
Two Domestic Abuse Incidents In One Month
In August of 2013, Miller found himself in jail on two separate occasions relating to accusations of domestic abuse.
It all started when Miller’s girlfriend at the time phoned police on the evening of August 10th claiming that she had been the victim of domestic violence at the hands of the fighter a week earlier after an argument over a text message.
Then, in the early hours of the following morning Police were called to Miller’s residence due to a noise complaint relating to a party at his home. By the time officers arrived ‘Mayhem’ was observed yelling at his neighbours and was arrested in relation to the prior domestic violence incident.
Remarkably, less than a couple of weeks later ‘Mayhem’ was arrested again for ‘corporal injury of a spouse’.
The two separate domestic violence charges were then rolled into one case, with shocking details emerging that Miller had been alleged to have punched, kicked, choked and even urinated on his girlfriend during the second incident.
However, Miller claims that he was the one being attacked, and that he had to wrestle a knife from her hands during the incident.
SWAT Team Showdown
Despite his past transgressions, by 2014, Miller was still a free man, and still causing trouble.
In October of that year Police showed up at the ex-fighter’s door to arrest him on oustanding warrants relating to domestic violence and stalking allegations.
However, Miller refused to talk to them and barricaded himself inside his residence. He then began tweeting about the incident as a SWAT team were called to the scene, insisting he’d done nothing wrong and encouraging people in the local area to come and watch.
After a stand-off lasting several hours, the SWAT team broke down his front door and chased him out to his back yard before he finally surrendered.
’Mayhem’ was held on a $200,000 bond following this incident, but yet it wouldn’t be long before he was back out on the streets and continuing to live up to his nickname.
Arrested After Fighting With Cops At Club
In March of 2015, Miller was arrested outside a nightclub in Laguna Beach, California after attempting to brawl with police officers.
Miller was alleged to have been causing trouble inside the ‘White House’ club, and when he left and was approached by officers, he attempted to fight them.
It took four officers to restrain Miller and put him in a police cruiser, and on the way to jail he continued to kick and spit at the car windows.
He was charged with resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and unlawful fighting, with bail set at $200,000.
Assaulting Police Officer At His Home
’Mayhem’ was back to his old tricks seven months later in October of 2015 when he was taken into custody on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer.
The officer had arrived at the fighter’s residence after reports of a disturbance, but Miller was in no mood to cooperate and threw a ceramic tile at him, as well as threatening the officer with a fire extinguisher and metal pole.
’Mayhem’ was eventually subdued with a taser gun and arrested, this time being held on a $50,000 bond.
Vandalizing A Tattoo Shop
And so, finally we arrive at the now 35-year-old Miller’s latest addition to the ‘Mayhem’ files.
The incident took place just this past week in March of 2016, with Miller being arrested for spray-painting anti-police graffiti at a tattoo shop in Orange County.
For the record, just a few weeks earlier Miller had also been arrested on a DUI charge.
This time it appears that ‘Mayhem’s’ lengthy criminal record appeared to have finally caught up to him, with bail having been reported to be set at $1 million.
However, at the time of going to print it’s just emerged that Miller’s lawyer has successfully been able to negotiate his bail down to $200,000, and so ‘Mayhem’ is yet again back out on the streets, despite a total of five pending cases still hanging over his head.