My love for combat sports is well established, as is my eternal defence of the nascent sport of MMA. This weekend is the finale of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC’s reality show. This year, the main event is the showdown between the coaches, Michael “The Count” Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
I don’t like Michael Bisping. I think he’s a bully, asshole and douchebag, all rolled into one. In fact, if someone unfamiliar with vernacular American English wishes to know the definition of “douchebag”, simply point him to any interview with Michael Bisping. Check out how this ass treats an interviewer who is much smaller:
It’s classic bully behaviour. It’s ironic considering that his opponent is Mayhem Miller, who is best known as the host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, another reality show in which Mayhem arranges for supposed real life school bullies to get their comeuppance.
Mayhem, on the other hand, is seemingly thoughtful and very funny. To me, he embodies much of why I love the martial arts in general, and MMA in particular. He expounds eloquently about the role that structured fighting plays in his life and the world, and, despite his comedic antics, is very much a complete martial artist, with all the personal growth elements that that title suggests.
But the reason the world will soon love Mayhem, as he finally re-enters the biggest MMA stage in the world (the UFC) on Saturday, is his famous ring entrances. UFC has a policy against flashy entrances, but something tells me they may give Mayhem Miller a little leeway. Each of his entrances is tailored to his opponent, his mood and the setting (or so he claims). All I know is that I want to see more of THIS: