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Report: Mayhem Miller now a free agent

According to a report by Josh Gross on, Jason “Mayhem” Miller is no longer contracted to the Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting promotion and is free to negotiate with any fight promotion in the world.

It had been previously reported that Miller had one more fight left on his WEC contract, a contract that was transferred over to Zuffa control during last December’s acquisition of select assets from the now defunct World Fighting Association.

While Miller’s agent, Dr. Ryan Parsons of Quest Sports Management, is not quoted as offering an explanation as to why Miller is now a free agent when reports indicated he had one fight left on his WEC contract, Gross’ report indicated that Parsons claimed that Miller fulfilled his obligation to the promotion and that the separation was amicable.

Miller likely will become a sought-after fighter on a crowded open market that features M-1, EliteXC, Strikeforce, BodogFIGHT, K-1 HERO’s and the IFL. With a 19-5 record that includes wins over Robbie Lawler, Falaniko Vitale, Denis Kang, Ron Jhun, and Hector Urbina, Miller has garnered a lot of respect for his ability inside the cage or ring. His colorful personality has also allowed him to build a enthusiastic fanbase with a large following via MySpace. Being a quality fighter that is also extremely marketable means that Miller will find no shortage of suitors.

It’s possible that EliteXC could have an inside track for Miller’s services. He is a former middleweight champion for Icon Sport, a promotion that is now owned by EliteXC’s parent company, ProElite, Inc., and also does broadcast work on a semi-regular basis for, a sister-company of EliteXC.

One scenario that shouldn’t be ruled out is Miller remaining in the Zuffa family and signing with the UFC. The UFC is in need of viable challengers for its middleweight title and Miller would be a perfect fit for the division. It’s possible that the public announcement of Miller’s departure from the WEC is nothing more than a procedural move.

Zuffa has been steadfast in its assertion that the WEC is not a feeder league to the UFC. Sources have informed in the past that Zuffa has been hesitant to transfer fighters from the WEC to the UFC because the company is concerned that it could hurt the WEC’s image. The feeling that was expressed was that as soon as a fighter is transferred from the WEC to the UFC that the public reaction could be that the WEC is a minor-league organization of the UFC. With Miller being announced as becoming a free agent, it sets up a scenario in which Miller could “sign” with the UFC as opposed to being “transferred.”

  • ttt says:

    so how does the UFC want to present the WEC if not a feeder league ?

  • Sam Caplan says:

    As a legitimate stand-alone alternative to the UFC.

  • ttt says:

    i can see it being an alternative w/ the lower weightclasses which is fun, but when they have overlapping weightclasses (which is inevitable) and fighers like Paulo Filho and Robbie Lawler who will probably move to bigger things, it’s hard to take UFCs stand on the WEC seriously

  • Davey D says:

    I hope to see Miller in the UFC soon. Maybe they could put him and Rampage on TUF 7 as coaches. That would be cool.

  • Dave says:

    I have been preaching to anyone who would listen for the last six months that Mayhem is the most valuable fighter on the market to the UFC right now. I was saying that when Fedor was still available.

    My reasoning is as follows:

    1) Mayhem’s contract isn’t worth that much, compared to a lot of the top free agents right now. So it’s a value almost no matter what, as opposed to most of these Pride guys who are getting paid huge money and then totally busting in the UFC.
    2) He happens to be a top quality fighter in the one division they need challengers in more than any other. They are DESPERATE for Middleweights. For the sake of selling PPVs, they don’t need Gomi. They don’t need Diaz or Shields (though he’s going to be an awesome pick-up when they get him). They don’t need Barnett. But they NEED Mayhem. It also doesn’t hurt that they can immediately put him over by telling everyone he beat up EliteXC’s champ.
    3) Mayhem is one of the most instantly marketable American fighters. Probably top 3. A moron can market that guy. And he’s a love him or hate him dude. Unlike both Jason McDonald and Yushin Okami, you can’t feel midddle of the road about Miller. And the best thing about Miller is that he actually markets himself…you don’t even have to spend money doing it.

  • Macdaddy says:

    Why in flaming blue farts would the UFC’s owners want to promote their own competition? They put all that money into branding and cornering the best talent, and then they promote this other show as an equal product? That’s retarded from a marketing perspective.

  • Dayzah says:

    I dont uderstand .. Why would they move Paulo Filho over too WEC and then think about moving Mayhem too UFC? Why not just take the better fighter too begin with?

  • Adam Morgan says:

    I don’t think the UFC wants anything to do with Mayhem because you can’t control his popularity.

  • Mr. Takedown says:

    If Zuffa released Miller from his WEC deal, then why would he get resigned by Zuffa for the UFC?? He cannot be controled (I agree) he has too much personality and is also kind of a nut job. His interviews for other promotions under a Zuffa contract is another reason they wont resign him. Come on guys, we’ve all witnessed how they do not treat fighters who are not 100% loyal to the company. He’s not going to end up with the UFC.

    I hope EliteXC signs him. They have other “characters” in Kimbo and NickDiaz and Baroni, why not add one more!

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Adam, I agree with you 100%. Because Zuffa didn’t make Mayhem, it would be hard to break him. Mayhem doesn’t rely on a fight promotion to market him.

    Matt, as I mentioned in the story, it could be a “procedural” issue. We haven’t seen a copy of a release so who knows if he was truly released? What if this is a cover for a transfer? I’m not saying I have any reason to believe that’s the case, but it could be one possibly solution to move Mayhem into the UFC without jeopardizing the credibility they’ve been trying to build with the WEC.

  • Gabber says:

    Poor Mayhem. He was doomed from the word go when Joe Rogan talked about how GSP would have to worry about him and he would be a real challenge.

    GSP annhilated him. Ever since, it replays on Unleashed and now to the casual UFC fan he’s that dude ” That did the Bruce Lee flip and GSP kicked him in the face” I hope he moves on to another organization. The UFC could really use him at Middleweight, Almedia is also a nice addition. Maybe the UFC’s Randy backlash will be a rash of signings of fringe fighters like Mayhem to beef up the divisions they can cash the cheques for. 😛

    Silva is just going to prove again this weekend why he is the man. He needs some competition.

  • Filho is a tough sell to bring to the UFC because he is good friends with Anderson Silva. Almeida was a great pickup considering that they could rematch him with Marquardt. They had a battle in Pancrase that ended in a “Babalu”-esque guillotine choke that Almeida did not let go of. Marquardt escaped finally, after the fight was over, and punches Almeida in the face. The corners charged the ring. Could be fireworks.

    Miller should be picked up by Zuffa. He is self-promoting himself, he has already a solid fanbase, he’s eccentric and loud, and a bit nutty. He’s a marketing dream and I think he’s controlled enough not to talk about weed being good for fighters during live events.

  • hankd says:

    HDNet has an offer on the table…they’re close…


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