When Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Tim Kennedy step into cage tomorrow night, it will be for the second time in their respective careers.
Kennedy earned a decision over Miller during an Extreme Challenge tournament back in February 2003. Since then, they have gone in completely different directions. Miller has become one of the top middleweights in mixed martial arts while Kennedy is a little more than a year back from another stint as an Army Ranger.
Throughout that time however, one thing has remained constant - Miller’s desire to avenge his loss against Kennedy. After Miller’s original opponent, Sean Salmon, was forced to pull out of the bout after being medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission, HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger stepped up and delivered Miller a second chance against Kennedy.
The man they call “Mayhem” couldn’t be more excited.
“When Salmon got knocked out I think that I was more concerned about him turning out alright rather than me sulking about not having an opponent anymore,” said Miller. “HDNet Fights was able to score Tim for me and I couldn’t be happier.”
When reading up on the upcoming match-up between the two it’s obvious that both are fond of each other. Kennedy likes Miller. Mayhem respects Kennedy. Even though that might be the case, it doesn’t mean that Miller is going to take things lightly.
“I’m in this fight all the way,” stated Miller. “I’m definitely looking to get some revenge. He has a win over me so he must be pretty damn good. I respect him a lot. He’s a great fighter and a nice dude. He beat me back then but that was years ago. I like him but I’m going to beat him.”
Miller’s appearance inside the confines of a HDNet Fights event will be the first of his career in the promotion. His exit from the WEC earlier this year was pretty well known by the general public. His strategy however is not. To quote Vince McMahon, those who try to figure it out pretty much have “no chance in hell”.
“Oh, my game plan is top secret,” Miller said. “No one knows about that shit. It’s being guarded by the monkeys right now so anyone who tries to sneak a peek has no chance.”
Another bout on the card besides Miller-Kennedy is Frank Trigg making his return to active competition after a brief hiatus against Edwin Dewees. Trigg beat Miller last year to claim the ICON Sport middleweight belt. Could we see a Cuban-created rematch in the near future? Wins by both tomorrow night could increase the chances…
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