Following his embarrassing loss to Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, no one was sure what would become of Jason “Mayhem” Miller. There was speculation that his performance during his first appearance with the promotion since 2005, when he dropped a lopsided decision to Georges St. Pierre, was poor enough to get him fired. Immediately after the event, Dana White was hesitant to comment on Mayhem’s future with the UFC.
However, it appears that Dana has decided to give Mayhem Miller one more chance. Last night, the UFC confirmed that the charismatic middleweight has been booked to fight against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146, which takes place on May 26 in Las Vegas.
We didn’t have C.B. Dollaway in mind when we wrote that Mayhem deserved a fight against a middleweight gatekeeper, but “The Doberman” certainly fits the description. After losing to Amir Sadollah during The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, Dollaway has gone 5-3 in the UFC. He is currently riding a two fight losing streak after being knocked out by Mark Munoz and Jared Hamman.
Unless this fight wins Fight of the Night (don’t count on it), this one is a pretty clear “loser leaves town” matchup. Dollaway will have reached his third straight loss with the UFC, while a loss for Mayhem will all but officially make him a bust signing for the UFC. And frankly, the next fight for the winner of this fight will more than likely also be win or go home- especially if the winner is Mayhem.
Currently, this fight is the only fight that has been officially announced by the UFC for UFC 146. It is expected that this event will be headlined by a Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem. We’ll keep you posted as more information is made available.