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UFC middleweight Jason "Mayhem" Miller

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

Jason "Mayhem" Miller couldn't have asked for a better return date.

It's been nearly seven years since the 30-year-old Atlanta-born fighter last graced the UFC Octagon.

It was UFC 52 and Miller faced a young up-and-comer from Canada named Georges St. Pierre.

Miller lost that fight by decision. It was his only appearance in the UFC.

Plenty has changed since then.

St. Pierre is now the UFC welterweight champ and Miller has jumped up a weight class and made a name for himself -- more for his colourful personality and flashy entrances than his actual fight resume.

While he has a respectable 23-7-0 record with one No Contest, he has built his reputation through his wacky antics. The only two notable names he's beaten are Robbie Lawlor and Denis Kang and those wins came more than five years ago.

But the man who is perhaps best known for crashing Jake Shields' in-cage celebration following the Shields/Dan Henderson Strikeforce fight and getting a street-clothes beating at the fists and feet of Nick Diaz and Gilbert Melendez, has a monumental opportunity.

The Ultimate Fighter coach will take on the man the fans love to hate in Michael "The Count" Bisping.

The two coached the latest season of the UFC reality TV show and will now square off Dec. 3 in what will be the live capper to the months-long program.

Miller -- who also hosted MTV's reality show Bully Beatdown -- wasn't the first choice to coach opposite Bisping.

But with Chael Sonnen sidelined by suspension, Miller was called in and TUF 14 has played host to some of the best fights in the show's history.

Both Bisping and Miller are big-ego personalities, though the obvious edge when it comes to big-name experience goes to Bisping.

The mouthy Brit with a 21-3 record has fought Henderson, Kang, Rashad Evans, Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben.

He's well accustomed to the UFC limelight and, by all accounts, should make short work of Miller.

For his part, Miller is well aware of the opportunity before him.

Should he be successful against Bisping, his next battle will likely involve the winner of the Mark Munoz/Chael Sonnen fight unofficially slated for early in the new year.

The winner of that would get a shot at Anderson "Spider" Silva and the UFC middleweight crown.

It's been a long road back to the UFC for Miller, but he couldn't have asked for a better scenario.

The TUF 14 Finale will air live on SPIKE TV and Rogers Sportsnet Dec. 3 and will also John Dodson facing T.J. Dillashaw in the TUF bantamweight final as well as Dennis Bermudez and Diego Brandao in the featherweight final.

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