Activity this weekend will certainly have a huge impact on the UFC landscape in the coming months. The UFC has brought over its first Strikeforce star into the fold with the signing of Jason “Mayhem” Miller. This is a huge get for the UFC and a jolt the middleweight division needs. Miller has decent striking and great jujitsu.
In addition to well-rounded skills, Miller also brings a unique personality to the UFC. He is colorful on the mic, strong in social media for fan communication, and is no stranger to broadcast with “Bully Beatdown” still airing on MTV2.
My Take: This is big for fans and bigger for Mayhem. He has done well in Dream and Strikeforce, but this is his chance on “the big stage” to remind fans just how good he is. Although he’d neOned to string a few wins together before they throw him at Anderson Silva, I do think there are some interesting match ups for him including: Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, and America’s sweet heart Chael Sonnen. I for one hope to see Mayhem in the UFC for the remainder of his career. (I still think of his fight with GSP when they were both wee lads in the sport.)
The other big news to come this weekend is the destruction of the Jones/Evans title match. The grudge match will have to wait as Jones is now sidelined with an injury and Evans will have to face Phil Davis instead.
My Take: Evans waited out Shogun and lost his title shot to Jones. I’m happy to see that the UFC is not letting him simply wait this out again. Although I always respect skills, I’m not a fan of Evans. Personally, I’ll be rooting for “Mr Wonderful” to dispatch Evans and remove him from the title picture. The light heavyweight division is stacked at the moment, and I’m sure there is no shortage of suitable title contenders for Jon Jones’ title.