Jason “Mayhem” Miller has announced that he is coming out of retirement, and has signed with Venator FC, an Italian based promotion. In his return fight, he is taking on UFC veteran, Luke “Bigslow” Barnatt, who will be putting his middleweight title up for grabs.

Barnatt took to Twitter to confirm the news that he will be defending his belt against Miller. He first tweeted “Looks like I’ll be defending my title in May in Italy for @VenatorFC !!! Full details to be disclosed soon…” And then a follow up Tweet confirming Ariel Helwani’s Tweet announcing the bout saying, “See you soon… May 21st Milan!”

Miller has been making headlines recently, more so for his out of competition antics that have led to multiple arrests since his last bout at UFC 146 where he lost a unanimous decision to CB Dollaway. Miller is notoriously known for his antics inside and outside of the Octagon and with his popularity, he is sure to bring in a big following for his bout of people who want to tune in and see his return.

Barnatt was released from the UFC last May after suffering his third loss in a row under the Zuffa banner. Barnatt will likely be remembered as the guy who provided Mark Munoz a memorable departure from the sport. In his most recent bout, he won the middleweight title of the Venator FC promotion by submitting Mattia Schiavolin in the fourth round via Rear-Naked Choke.

Another UFC veteran who is set to fight on the event is light heavyweight, Matt Hamill, who is coming out of retirement. Hamill is technically the only fighter to ever defeat the UFC’s pound-for-pound #1 fighter Jon Jones in a fight back in 2009. Hamill of course was being dominated by Jones in a fight that he eventually won via DQ due to illegal elbows.

The Venator FC event is scheduled for May 21, 2016.

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