It had been six long years since Jason Miller last competed for the UFC. In his much-anticipated return bout, “Mayhem” was matched up against former “The Ultimate Fighter 3” winner Michael Bisping (Pictured).
Things for Miller were looking good early on, as he had Bisping on his back for much of the opening round. Unfortunately for the bleached-blond middleweight, that was pretty much all he had to offer.
By the time the 2ndRound had begun, Bisping was well aware that his TUF 14 coaching counterpart had nearly nothing left. Miller hung on as long as he could, but was far too winded to defend himself from “The Count’s” onslaught in the 3rdRound.
“I trained really hard for this fight,” Miller said following the loss. “I’m sorry guys I got tired. I can’t make any excuses about it.”
With four straight victories under his belt, many figured the outspoken Bisping would call for a shot at Anderson Silva’s 185-pound crown following his latest accomplishment.
Not so fast, admitted the Brit.
“I’ll be honest, I wasn’t happy with that [performance],” Bisping explained. “First round didn’t go to plan. Second and third was good, but if I was to face the champion, a first round like that wouldn’t cut it.
“There’s still a lot of work to do.”
The UFC confirmed Saturday that Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz’s co-featured bout at “UFC on Fox 2” will determine who would get the next shot at Silva’s title.