Jason “Mayhem” Miller Retires Following UFC Release, Says Bag Mask Caused Stir

Jason “Mayhem” Miller officially announced his retirement today from MMA. Miller’s announcement followed his release from the UFC after his loss to C.B. Dollaway this past Saturday night at UFC 146.

Miller told MMA journalist Ariel Helwani he felt “disillusioned” but also “free” after the UFC’s decision to release him before formally announcing his retirement:

“Yeah, I mean every fighter gives the same answer when they say they’re retired. Pretty much every fighter says ‘I’m retired until I need money.’ I’m a pretty smart dude, I have other avenues open to me.”

Miller had previously stated that he would hang up his gloves for good if he lost to the likes of Dollaway. After UFC 146, UFC President Dana White confirmed the news at the post-fight press conference when he stated Miller was “done”. However, White said the release had nothing to do with “Mayhem’s” fighting performance, but rather “some crazy shit” that happened backstage, though White added that it was “nothing physical.”

Miller shed some light on the backstage incident, indicating that a paper bag he wore over his head during his walkout was to blame:

“Yeah, it was my mask, I thought we had an understanding about it, but then I was walking to the cage and suddenly I start getting yelled at by [UFC site coordinator] Burt [Watson].”

Miller commented on his feelings towards his retirment, simply saying:

“I feel a little bit freed, in a weird way. In the strangest way I feel free. I know that sounds strange when I devoted my entire life to fighting. I feel like life is unlocked to a whole new set of adventures.”

The Mayhem interview takes place at the 2:21:55:

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