MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Miller to fight in 'Streets' of L.A.
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Dayton Morinaga
Jason "Mayhem" Miller apparently wants to make up for time lost.
Miller will take his mixed martial arts skills to Los Angeles on Saturday for a fight in the World Fighting Alliance organization's "King of the Streets" card at The Forum.
Miller will take on California's Lodune Sincaid in a 205-pound bout.
"I don't have to take this fight, but I am," Miller said. "I feel like it's a really good opportunity for me to keep active. This is going to be the busiest year ever for me, which is how I like it."
Miller is originally from Atlanta, but now resides in Ho-nolulu and has become a fan favorite in Hawai'i.
He has a record of 15-4, including 7-0 in Hawai'i. Sincaid is 9-2.
Regardless of how he does on Saturday, Miller will take on Iowa's Robbie Lawler for the Icon Sport organization's middleweight championship on Sept. 2 at the Blaisdell Center Arena.
"I'm not looking at this fight as a tune-up for Lawler," Miller said. "I'm going to train as hard for Sincaid as I am for Lawler. The way I see it, I'm fighting for both Icon and the WFA so I have to put on a show for both of them."
Saturday's WFA event will be televised nationally on pay-per-view, and some of the world's top-ranked competitors are on the card.
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson will take on Matt Lindland in the main event. In the semi-main event, Hawai'i's Kimo Leopoldo will face Bas Rutten of Holland in a heavyweight bout.
"I think the WFA has the right people and the right funds to make a dent in the mixed martial arts world," Miller said. "So I'm looking at this as a rebirth for me. It's a chance to show a larger audience what I can do."
Miller's last bout resulted in a choke-submission victory over 350-pound Stefan Gamlin in an open-weight fight May. That ended a seven-month gap between bouts for Miller.
The inactivity was attributed in part to his arrest in December on a charge of first-degree burglary after he allegedly kicked down the door of his girlfriend's Nu'uanu apartment.
The case is still ongoing, so Miller had to receive clearance from his attorney to fight in Los Angeles.
"I went through all the proper channels within the legal system," Miller said. "But that's how much I want to do this."
Miller needed just 46 seconds to choke-out Gamlin in May, so he has been in the ring for less than a minute over the past nine months.
"That's why I'm training so hard," he said. "I've been doing seven-minute rounds (in practice) and the actual fights are only five-minute rounds, so I'm in shape for anything."
The "King of the Streets" card will be available in Hawai'i through Oceanic digital pay-per-view (channel 701) for $34.95. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Hawai'i time.
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