Morning Report: Uriah Hall recounts run-in with Jason 'Mayhem' Miller

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A night out with training partners from Reign MMA quickly turned into chaos for Uriah Hall, thanks to Jason Miller. Hall and 'Mayhem' were involved in a nasty incident Oct. 25 while attending BAMMA USA's Badbeat 11 event in Commerce, Calif. After being taunted with racial slurs by Miller, Hall threw a punch.

Now a week removed, Hall says he was merely an onlooker looking to settle tensions before being singled out by Miller.

"Initially, I saw a big bald-headed dude," Hall tells MMA Weekly. "Then it hit me that it was Mayhem Miller. I was a little star struck, at first. He was yelling at me though, and wanted to talk to the girl. I guess it was his ex. I tried to stay calm and just diffuse things. I was still kind of shocked that it was all happening."

After his punch 'just barely clipped' Miller, the pair were separated by security. It didn't stop there. Hall says following the confrontation with Miller, 'Mayhem' continued the onslaught via Twitter and text messages.

"I don't know how he got my number," Hall says. "I asked and his response was, ‘I am Mayhem Miller, I know everything.'"

Miller, seemingly unrepentant, only looks more bizarre after comments made by former acquaintances revealing personal anecdotes. Hall, who faces Chris Leben at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, says he's past being angry and simply hopes Miller takes the steps to get help.

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(HT to Zombie)

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Halloween.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Oct. 31 2013)

cancelled Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Alexander Gustafsson at UFC Fight Night in London.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Bradley Bates.

Rampage vs. Beltran? Wake me up when it's done

You've probably heard the news today that former UFC light-heavyweight Joey Beltran has stepped in to replace the injured Tito Ortiz and face Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson at Bellator 108.

Whilst this is good news for Bellator as they get to put on a fight with what is probably their biggest draw, it's bad news for us fight fans. With a combined four wins in their last 11 fights, neither guy is exactly riding high at the moment. Nor did either guy light up the UFC, at least not in the past four and a half years since 'Rampage' knocked out Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92.

Beltran (14-9-0(1) MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is a known brawler, but isn't exactly a finisher, having not finished a fight since his UFC debut in 2010. Rampage (32-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the other hand is known for his vicious knockout power, but again it's something we haven't seen as of late. You would have to go back to the above mentioned, albeit spectacular, knockout of Wanderlei Silva in 2008 for Rampage's last finish.

With both fighters last three wins coming by decision, it doesn't look as though it will be a 'balls to the wall' fight. Then there's the question of what happens to the winner? If Rampage wins do Bellator still do the Tito fight? And if Beltran wins, the Tito fight, for Rampage at least, wouldn't be easy to sell.

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