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'Mayhem' Miller Says Jake Shields Fight on CBS 'Has to Be My Masterpiece'

Saturday night's Jake Shields vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller fight hasn't received as much promotional attention as the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brett Rogers bout, but it is certainly worth our attention, especially since the winner will be crowned the new Strikeforce middleweight champion.

In a new video from E. Casey Leydon of, Miller talks about why you shouldn't underestimate him against Shields, who has won his last 12 fights in a row.

"I think Shields is a great opponent, but there's some glaring weaknesses in his game," Miller said. "Mainly in his stand-up and his being more one-dimensional towards grappling.

"Jake has a problem in that he relies on his grappling way too much, and you know, with most opponents, he can submit them. He's not going to be able to submit me, and he's going to have a hell of a lot of trouble taking me down. So it's going to turn into a kickboxing match, and I'm a better kickboxer."

The most interesting aspect of this video is not Miller's confidence heading into Saturday's title fight on CBS -- that is to be expected -- but it's the fact that Miller appears to have put his fun-loving, jovial persona aside, while sounding extremely focused on the task at hand. Kind of like a fighter ready to produce a high-performance masterpiece in the biggest fight of his life.

Check out the Miller video below:

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