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Jason 'Mayhem' Miller is coming out of retirement to fight Luke Barnatt

The former Strikeforce title challenger will end a four-year absence against a fellow UFC veteran.

Former UFC fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller.
Former UFC fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller.

ONE OF THE most controversial figures in recent MMA history has decided to fight again in 2016.

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller will face Luke Barnatt for Italian promotion Venator Fighting Championship’s middleweight title in Milan on 21 May, MMAFighting.com reports.

Miller is a former Strikeforce title challenger who holds notable wins over the likes of Tim Kennedy and current UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

The 35-year-old American, who also coached against Michael Bisping on The Ultimate Fighter, hasn’t fought since losing to CB Dollaway at UFC 146 in May 2012.

Following the defeat, UFC president Dana White referred to Miller as “a clown” and released him from the promotion due to “backstage antics”, in addition to his 0-3 record in the UFC. Miller later announced his retirement from MMA.

Since then, Miller has had several brushes with the law. His charges include domestic abuse, burglary and assaulting police officers.

Barnatt, a 27-year-old Englishman, won the Venator FC belt back in December when he defeated Mattia Schiavolin in his first fight since being released by the UFC.

Barnatt started his time in the UFC with a 3-0 run but he was cut last year after consecutive losses to Sean Strickland, Roger Navarez and Mark Munoz.

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