Embattled ex-UFC standout Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller finally appears to be ready wipe the slate clean following his latest arrest.
Miller, who had previously competed under the Strikeforce and UFC banners, was arrested for the twelfth time in the last 12 years following an altercation at a West Hollywood nightclub last month. Per the original report from TMZ, ‘Mayhem’ got into an altercation with a fan who had approached him inside the club. Moments later, things became physical before being broken up by onsite security. Police responded to the scene, but by the time they arrived, Miller had already fled. Miller was arrested the following night after returning to the nightclub.
The incident occurred just a few short months after being released following a one-year prison sentence that ‘Mayhem’ served stemming from a slew of charges in 2021, including felony domestic violence, vandalism, attempted grand theft, and resisting arrest.
On Wednesday, Miller took to Instagram and delivered a lengthy apology where he opened up about his struggles to transition back into normalcy after a year of incarceration. He also expressed a strong desire to seek help and better himself for the sake of his family who has had to endure the brunt of his self-destructive behavior.
“I went away for a couple of years to pay my debt to society, and when I got out, I realized that I have much more paying to do,” Miller wrote. “Maybe it’s hard for the average person to understand living with a stigma firmly etched into your life, so I can’t fault anyone for recoiling in horror upon meeting me, given the press that I get. I wish I were made of stone and didn’t allow it to affect me, but I have, and failed those that love me.
“I thought I could smoothly transition from prison to the regular world, but things have been more difficult than I imagined, especially interpersonal relationships and the burden of being free.
“Maybe some of you can understand and empathize, but I don’t expect you to, or even care what happens to an old prizefighter. I choose this path far before I realized what could happen after the glory faded away, and I ask myself sometimes if I knew the reality, would I have picked any differently, and consistently I come to the conclusion, that, no, the younger me at the wheel, I could’ve never picked a different path.”
You can read the full statement courtesy of Miller’s Instagram below:
‘Mayhem’ Miller Shared the Cage with Some of MMA’s Biggest Names During His Heyday
During his 15-year run in mixed martial arts, ‘Mayhem’ Miller shared the cage with some of the sport’s most notable figures, including Chael Sonnen, Georges St-Pierre, Robbie Lawler, Frank Trigg, Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, and Jake Shields.
His highest profile fight came against former middleweight world champion Michael Bisping following the pair’s stint as opposing coaches on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter. ‘The Count’ scored a third-round TKO over Miller, kickstarting a three-fight losing skid that would ultimately see Miller walk away from the sport in 2016.
Check out ‘Mayhem’ Miller’s full fight with Michael Bisping below: