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(Visual proof that Jason Miller once fought Georges St. Pierre in the UFC, and did terribly.)
Former Strikeforce middleweight contender, MTV host, and man-about-town Jason Miller has signed a new multi-fight agreement with the UFC. MMAFighting first confirmed the news this afternoon with Miller’s manager, Ryan Parsons, and Mayhem himself later discussed the development via Twitter: “I now fight for the @UFC. I’d like to thank all the staff there as well as @DanaWhite for this new partnership. I really want to thank all of you for showing your support. Can’t wait to show my skills in the UFC’s octagon.”
Miller has actually competed for the UFC once before, in a welterweight bout against Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 in April 2005; Mayhem got his ass whupped, lost a unanimous decision, and never competed at 170 pounds again.
Though Miller was recently under contract with Strikeforce, his contract had reportedly expired, which allowed the new UFC signing to take place. Like several other fighters under the Strikeforce banner, he had publicly complained about not getting enough fights in the organization. His last fight for Strikeforce was a first-round TKO over Tim Stout (followed by a no-contest against the entire Skrap Pack) at Strikeforce: Nashville. Last September he choked out Kazushi Sakuraba at DREAM.16, but has been inactive since then.
No return date or first opponent has been announced for Miller’s Octagon return, though his presence creates a lot of interesting possibilities in a UFC middleweight division that already features the likes of Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Demian Maia, Chris Leben, Yushin Okami, and many other contenders.