Jason Miller leaves Strikeforce, signs with UFC

Colorful MMA fighter Jason Miller will be leaving Strikeforce for the UFC. Miller is the first of what will probably end up being many top Strikeforce fighters moving over to the UFC. It’s no surprise the UFC picked Miller up quickly, his personality is larger than life, and he has already built a following with his MTV show “Bully Beatdown.”

To make things even better for the UFC, Miller can actually fight, and should have no problems holding his own against the promotion’s top middleweights. His grappling abilities are top notch, and his striking skills continue to improve.

Miller has fought in the UFC in the past, going three rounds with one of the pound-for-pound best MMA fighters in the world, Georges St. Pierre. Miller ended up losing their UFC 52 encounter via decision, and subsequently left the UFC. He had several MMA fights under Icon, but never really found a home in any particular promotion.

A year ago, Miller was involved in a post-fight brawl with top welterweight contender Jake Shields, at the end of Strikeforce’s April 17, 2010, MMA event in Nashville, Tennessee. Minutes after Jake Shields successfully defended his belt against Dan Henderson, Miller stepped into the cage demanding a rematch with Shields. Shields and his camp (Gilbert Melendez and the Diaz brothers) were irritated by Miller’s actions, and a brawl broke out in the cage.

The bad blood between Miller and the Caesar Gracie camp should lead to some entertaining MMA fights down the road. For now, he’ll have to settle for Aaron Simpson, who he’ll be facing at UFC 132, scheduled for July 2, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson has struggled in his last few MMA fights, losing two out of his three matches.

On July 2, Simpson will have a hard time trying to avoid the submission skills of Miller, who is skilled enough to compete with the best MMA fighters in the world. Miller should be ready to compete come fight time. He has already competed against some of the best MMA fighters in the world, and confidence shouldn’t be an issue.

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