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“Mayhem” Miller to Fight Jake Shields For Strikeforce “Middleweight Championship of the World”


(The weird thing is, those are actually prescription.  Leave it to Mayhem to find the world’s zaniest opthamologist.)

MMA’s hardest-working lunatic may be fighting for a title soon, and in America no less, or at least that’s what a recent forum post from Jason “Mayhem” Miller would have us believe.  In addition to updating fans on the status of “Bully Beatdown’s” second season on MTV (Eddie Alvarez kicks some ass in week one), Miller casually mentioned that he’ll be fighting Jake Shields “for the middleweight championship of the world in Strikeforce.” 

At this point you might be thinking to yourself: 1) Isn’t Cung Le still technically the Strikeforce middleweight champ? and 2) Isn’t the phrase ‘championship of the world in Strikeforce’ kind of like ‘one of the greatest light heavyweights of the night?’

You’re right on both counts, you sharp devil, you.  Cung Le has said for some time now that he eventually plans to fight again, though it’s one thing to say it and quite another to do it.  He also supports the idea of an interim title while he’s off playing movie star, and even said he’d voluntarily vacate the title if his acting career keeps him out the game for too long. 

That means Miller/Shields will probably be for the interim Strikeforce middleweight title (of the world), but it could eventually just morph into the regular title.  And what of the rumored rematch between Miller and “Jacare” Souza?  That could also happen in Strikeforce now that Souza has signed with them, but if Shields becomes the champ it might seem more important for Jacare to try and get that belt than to settle his score with Mayhem.

So what do you say, Potato Nation.  Who takes this fight?  Shields is more of a natural welterweight, but he handled Robbie Lawler without much trouble and Miller isn’t exactly a huge 185′er himself. 

One thing we know for sure, if one or both Diaz brothers works Shields’ corner in a fight against “Mayhem,” Strikeforce may reach a critical mass of crazy on fight night.  While no one knows exactly what might happen, physicists have warned that a chain reaction of buck wildness could result.  By morning there won’t be a single person left in San Jose who still gives a fuck.

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portland mma- August 25, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Yeah dude, I don't think they'd cut Alves, I think your thinking of Thales Leites.
NateGetsIrate- August 25, 2009 at 3:08 pm
What the hell are you talking about iFight831? None of those guys got fired? iFight831 = FAIL

Then again, why don't you keep trying cuz third times a charm, right?
iFight831- August 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm
^my fault

thiago alves.

i always mix those two up
portland mma- August 25, 2009 at 9:54 am
"and on a side note, Thiago Silva lost to GSP, he's fired now too"

Thiago Silva is a light heavyweight whose only loss is to Machida and he's fighting on Saturday.
J-Dog- August 25, 2009 at 9:50 am
Shields was on Bully Beatdown if I remember right. Now he gets to fight the show's host.
AkilleeZ- August 25, 2009 at 5:06 am
@iFight831

Thanks for the explanation! If Dana was smart he would get him back in the UFC. He's a great fighter still who is very fun to watch. And he's on that gay MTV show.
ihateemo- August 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm
I just read the linked Tito post and laughed myself silly for about a half hour. Easily one of the funniest things I've ever read.
Gargoroth- August 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm
Mayhem by submission no problem.
iFight831- August 24, 2009 at 8:18 pm
@dude above me

remember, when mayhem lost to GSP he wasnt the GSP we know and hate today. He was just an up and coming fighter known as George, with only a few fights to prove he was there and Mayhem was like the rising star, the "golden boy" almost. Mayhem got pummeled by Mr. St. Pierre, getting played with for a while, lost, them got fired. the fact was that he lost to a young gun even though he was a vet.

i think Dana and friends gave him a chance when they let him competet in the WEC back in 07, but i was mad when they didnt let him come back after that win

and on a side note, Thiago Silva lost to GSP, he's fired now too
AkilleeZ- August 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm
Can someone enlighten me on why Mayhem doesn't fight for the UFC anymore? Last time I checked, it is an honor to get your ass kicked by GSP, not a reason to be fired.
825IVER- August 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Niceeeeeee! maybe on the same card as fedor and Nick??!!

:::mind explosion:::
Jay Smith- August 24, 2009 at 5:27 pm
I think Shields will be too much for Miller too, but I'd like to see Miller win.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm
Oh ma gawd....

this has 'awesome' written all over it.

All they need is get Phil Baroni to be the special fight referee and the whole world will implode in a blinding screech of "buck wildness".

First off, that's cool if Cung says they can vacate his belt

..because he should.

It kills me to see a guy at his MMA prime turn his back on the sport. That's cool if he wants to do movies, but his fight career won't be around when he comes back.

Shields will beat Mayhem, but it gonnas be easy. Mayhem is certainly a slick customer and he'll put SHields through his paces.

Should be a great fight.

Now what about the rest of the card.....

FEDORSAYSWHAT!

...see, I gotcha Fedor!
One Two- August 24, 2009 at 4:37 pm
Awesome! Mayhem gots this i wanna see that jacare rematch ASAP then cung le comes back exciting MW div now with fedor at HW and gegard at LHW Strike force is getting better and better. I'm surprised DREAM is just handing over their fighters but i like it, they should just merge into DREAMFORCE.
for the love of mma- August 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm
shields by wtf was the name of that move !! same as he did to lawler!! basic jui jistzu
Koeikan- August 24, 2009 at 4:20 pm
@MC Obscene:

How can you be so sure? While I agree Shield is probably the better fighter, there's a few things to take into account:
- Weight: Miller will have a decent size advantage.
- Submissions: While Shields is definitely the better offensive grappler, good luck submitting Mayhem. The guy hasn't been submitted since 2002 and I don't think Shield's going to catch him.
- Stand up: Neither are superb strikers, but I think Mayhem clearly has the edge.

I don't see Shields finishing Mayhem... I could see either winning a decision and I could see Mayhem possible getting a TKO.

So, that being said, personally, I wouldn't be so sure that Shields has this one locked up.
Seoul Brother- August 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm
@TacoMafia: You leave Jack Burton alone! He showed great courage!
Harry Russo- August 24, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Cung Le will never fight again. Oh well.
KidDinomite- August 24, 2009 at 3:55 pm
MAYHEM!!!!! I knew it was only a matter of time. I would like to see him take the title from Shields, plus with his natural charisma, he could be a big star and possibly bring the bigger ratings to Strikeforce. His entrances are must see TV.
MC Obscene- August 24, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Shields will take it for sure. Miller is good but not that good.

"a chain reaction of buck wildness" - That was jsut awesome!
NealTaflinger- August 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm
Are you sure Scott Coker hasn't brought Miller in to teach Nick Diaz a lesson and turn the whole thing into a wacky 22-minute TV show?
NateGetsIrate- August 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Good job Strikeforce! Hopefully nothing comes up to cancel this fight.
TacoMafia- August 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm
Did Mayhem steal those glasses from one of the Triads in Big Trouble in Little China...?
Must have been "all in the reflexes"......
hows taste my pee pee- August 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm
Doesn't Shields only have 1 or 2 fights left on his contract? Makes perfect sense to let him fight for the interim belt, then leave with it.
GetUpAndKill- August 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm
Nice!!! I like this fight...I don't really care who wins.
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