A lot of people know Jason "Mayhem" Miller as the host of the popular MTV reality TV show Bully Beatdown, where the repeatedly picked on get their revenge courtesy of MMA fighters throwing their attackers around the cage like a sack of potatoes.
What sometimes gets forgotten is that while Miller is an extremely charismatic television host and energetic personality, he is a fighter first and a pretty good one at that.
Saturday night, Miller will look to issue his own Bully Beatdown to former guest star Jake Shields en route to claiming the vacant Strikeforce Middleweight Championship.
Here's why he's going to get the job done.
1. More Than a One-Trick Pony
Jake Shields is an outstanding submission artist with phenomenal Brazilian jiu jitsu. But outside of that, the Scrap Pack member isn't bring a great deal else to the table with him.
Now, some will certainly argue that Miller isn't even bring one outstanding skill to the cage and while he admittedly isn't as dominant in one area as Shields is on the ground, Miller has tremendous defensive jiu jitsu, a slick arsenal of submissions all his own and much more polished and complete stand-up than his counterpart.
2. How Do You Submit a Guy Who Just Won't Tap?
It is universally accepted that Shields is going to look to bring this fight to the ground, work his tremendous ground game and submit Miller, but what happens when you're up against a guy who doesn't know what it means to quit?
In 30 professional fights, "Mayhem" has tapped just once, more than six years ago in the seventh fight of his career. Of his five other losses, only one was a stoppage and Shields won't be able to use the same soccer kicks that Frank Trigg used to score a win back in the ICON Sport days in Hawaii.
This is a guy who was a bloody mess in his one and only appearance in the UFC, an absolutely assault courtesy of Georges St-Pierre back at UFC 52 that went to the scorecards because the current welterweight champ couldn't finish the guy with the stripe in his hair and the heart of a lion.
3. True Middleweight
Let's get one thing clear: Jake Shields is a welterweight. Pointing to his most recent win over Robbie Lawler doesn't count either, as that bout was contested at a catchweight of 182, leaving one to wonder why Shields couldn't add the extra three pounds necessary to hit '85.
On the other hand, Miller has been fighting at middleweight most of his career. Save for the aforementioned UFC 52 welterweight encounter with GSP and one "fat and lazy fight" at 205 against TUF One alum Lodune Sincaid, "Mayhem" has been a middleweight staple.
Certainly, fighters at the highest level know their bodies and know what it takes to add weight, lose weight and make weight appropriately (for the most part), but Shields has said his intention is to follow the Brandon Vera model that Brandon Vera couldn't follow and be a multi-divisional champion.
That means that 185 isn't a permanent home, so adding the appropriate mass to make middleweight is most likely out of the question, which leaves him either several pounds short of the top end of the scale or following the BJ Penn "I made 170 by getting kind of doughy around the waist" route.
Neither are very reassuring options when stepping into the cage with someone as talented as Miller.
As if the above three points weren't reason enough to believe, "Mayhem" is also the underdog and nothing is expected of him. There is no pressure and no position in various rankings to live up to, unlike Shields who has found himself starting to earn a place on industry Pound-for-Pound lists.
This is my case for why "Mayhem" is going to offer Shields a Bully Beatdown all his own.
To hear the other side of the story, check out my man Robert Gardner with his Creature vs. Creature counterpunch.
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