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Jason "Mayhem" Miller speaking with Cage Talk host, James Koh, says a comeback to mixed martial arts is a strong possibility after he recovers from surgeries to both his knees.

The 32-year-old fighter retired from the sport after his May, 2012 loss to CB Dollaway.

"Have I thought about fighting? All the time!" Miller said.  "But I'm going through this hassle and that hassle with getting knee surgery.  I have to have two knee surgeries. So I'm going to rebuild him, make him stronger, faster and then we'll talk about it."

"I got hurt in the fight," Miller said. "I knocked CB Dollaway, who's a great fighter, I knocked him down and twist my knee and tore all but a little fraction of my ACL off."

The uber-popular fighter said because of complications with his insurance company, AIG, surgery to repair the knee was delayed and ultimately denied.  As a result, Miller said he tore his other ACL having to overcompensate for his injured knee.

"AIG tells me it's pre-existing," Miller said.  "So I'm healthy enough to fight but I'm not sick enough to get fixed."

"I had to go through the hell that most Americans have to go through with insurance companies," Miller said.  "I'm still going through that hell but guess what, I'll pay for my own knees, thanks."

Miller said the surgeries are scheduled for Tuesday and if they go well and he does officially un-retire, don't expect it to be with the UFC.

"If I do so it'll be on my terms, it won't be with this corporate monarchy," Miller said. "I'm not into it."

"The UFC's not a real sport until there's a union," Miller said.  "How quick did Kobe get his (Achilles) repaired?  We (fighters) have no protection.  We're at the will of one bald-headed Uncle Fester."

Miller also announced that he is starting a clothing line called Stubborn, a project he is approaching with his usual over-the-top enthusiasm.

"Anybody can start a T-shirt company and I always saw guys that were doing that and said ‘You guys are dumb!'" Miller said.  "Guess what, I'm going to do it right. The top artists doing the top art."

In line with his own personality, Miller said he is aiming for his shirts to be more artistic, more humorous and more intellectual than what is currently available in mma-themed clothing.

Showing off his new threads, Miller said the shirt wasn't officially his until he "Mayhem'd" the shirt, meaning using a knife to cut the collar and ripping holes into the sides and back of the shirt.

Miller said some of the details on his brand are still being worked out, such as where the clothes are made.  Miller said his preference is that the clothes be made stateside to support American workers, but is unsure if that can be arranged with his current manufacturers.

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