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Mark Miller on His Strikeforce Bummer

(Mark Miller knocks Josh Neer out cold at an IFL event in 2007)

I spoke with Mark Miller this week for an article about his Strikeforce cancelation and the ensuing financial difficulties that resulted from losing his sponsorship money while he sat around backstage waiting to fight on Saturday night.  He was excited to hear that Strikeforce would be paying him his win bonus as extra compensation for the mishap, and he seemed generally way more understanding about the whole thing than a lot of guys who had just trained for six weeks might have been:

I was supposed to be the fifth of six fights on the undercard, and then they were going to go to the main card which was going to be aired on CBS.  I was warming up backstage, getting ready to go on, and they told me that they were going to skip us to make sure the women got their fight in, and then after the Fedor-Rogers fight they were going to let us fight after that.  I said, ‘Whatever, that’s fine.’  I unwrapped, chilled out for a little bit, then as it got closer to the main even I got warmed up again.  When the Fedor-Rogers fight ended I heard them call back on the walkie-talke to the athletic commission that the last fight was going to be a no-go.  I was kind of confused at first.  I wasn’t sure what was going on so I stayed wrapped and stayed warm, just in case, but they came back and told us for sure that it wasn’t happening.  They told me the reason was that in the beginning of the fights there was some problem with production.  I don’t know, I was kind of surprised by it all so I wasn’t paying too much attention to what they said.

I was more disappointed and confused than angry.  I’m not the type to lose my temper or get mad.  That really doesn’t change anything.  Me flipping out and getting pissed isn’t going to make them put the fight on, and chances are if I did do that I wouldn’t get to fight for Strikeforce again.  I just kept my cool.  I was disappointed, but there wasn’t much I could do about it.  Scott Coker came back and let me know that they were sorry and said they’d give me a shot on an upcoming Strikeforce card.

 When reached for comment a Strikeforce representative said there was "no talk yet" about putting the Miller/Davis fight on a future Strikeforce card.

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Clyde- November 12, 2009 at 5:18 am
Neer must be happy that a guy was willing to stand and bang with him for once. That fight could have really sucked for him if Miller had just kept taking him down and lay on him for 15 minutes.

I hope they offered some compensation to Miller in the meantime though. If I showed up to work and they said to come back later and I wasn't getting paid, I'd be pretty pissed too.
portland mma- November 11, 2009 at 1:09 pm
This is why UFC is the best in the business. Their production value is amazing, its easy to take for granted until you watch another promotion.
Swedish- November 11, 2009 at 11:59 am
One of many reasons why fighters prefer to be in the UFC.

This would NEVER happen in an A-level promotion.

That's ok. SF will be gone in 3 shows, ala Affliction.

NateGetsIrate- November 11, 2009 at 11:33 am
For Meat Missle's sake, Osipzak better destroy Riddle (though i don't see that happening for some reason).
Goog- November 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

Right? That's what I thought. Although, it's not totally unrelated.
TheJuggernaut- November 11, 2009 at 11:26 am
Nicholas cage also did pretty decent on "the rock" in the 90's, but that's a little unfair because he had the help of the always talented Sean Connery. I just took advantage of the chance to bring that up.
K.E.G.- November 11, 2009 at 11:20 am
It was good but not as good as the "acting" in Broke Back Mountain
NateGetsIrate- November 11, 2009 at 11:17 am
I was really looking forward to some Meat Missle action.

Unrelated: Sean Penn did some convincing "acting" in Milk.
K.E.G.- November 11, 2009 at 10:41 am
That sucks for him, seems like a cool dude hopefully he gets another shot soon at the very least to make up for the money he lost.