Jason "Mayhem" Miller's return to the Octagon will take place in July, as he battles Aaron Simpson at UFC 132. The UFC announced the Miller-Simpson fight on Saturday, a day after Miller's signing with the UFC was confirmed.
There's no word yet on whether Miller-Simpson will be on the pay-per-view card, but it would be an ideal fight for a Spike TV preliminary bout. Thanks to his brash personality and his status as host of MTV's Bully Beatdown, Miller was one of the most famous mixed martial artists outside the UFC, and his presence on a basic-cable bout would draw some eyeballs and likely reel in some casual fans to make a last-minute pay-per-view purchase.
The 8-2 Simpson is an outstanding wrestler who is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Mario Miranda in March. Simpson's wrestling and punching power makes him an interesting threat to Miller.
But the 24-7 Miller has to be considered the favorite. Miller has an excellent submission game and is one of the best middleweights in the world off his back. He's also a crafty enough striker to give Simpson trouble standing up. Simpson could certainly win a decision against Miller, but Miller has more ways to win this fight.
Miller has fought in the UFC just once, losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 52 six years ago. Miller's second time inside the Octagon should yield his first victory.
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