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MMA fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller found naked in O.C. church

August 14, 2012 |  6:49 am

Mixed martial arts fighter and reality TV show host Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested Monday on suspicion of burglary after deputies found him dozing naked on a couch in an Orange County church.

Miller, 31, was released from Orange County Jail early Tuesday after posting $20,000 bail, jail records show.

The pastor of Mission Viejo's Mission Hills Church called authorities shortly after 9 a.m. when he discovered a break-in, said Orange County sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino.

The first floor was ransacked — broken pictures and books were strewn across the floor — and the walls had been spray-painted. A fire extinguisher had been set off, leaving a trail of residue that led deputies to the second floor.

That's where they found Miller, Amormino said, who was naked and "dozing" on a couch.

"When they asked him his name, he kept saying, 'Mayhem, Mayhem,'" Amormino said. "They didn't know who he was — they thought he was being uncooperative."

Miller was arrested without incident and taken to the hospital ward at the Orange County Jail, where he was evaluated and "deemed OK for booking," Amormino said. He was booked on suspicion of burglary but could face additional vandalism charges, Amormino added.

Deputies believe Miller entered the building by pulling off boards that covered a window broken at the church Saturday night, Amormino said. Investigators are looking into whether Miller was responsible for breaking the window Saturday, an incident they believe was another burglary attempt.

Miller's connection, if any, to the church was unknown, Amormino said.

The middleweight has fought for several organizations, including UFC and San Jose-based Strikeforce but said he would retire if he was defeated by C.B. Dollaway in a May 27 UFC match. After losing the lackluster decision, UFC president Dana White said Miller was "done" with the organization.

He also worked as a coach on UFC’s "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV and hosted three seasons of MTV's "Bully Beatdown," where bullies are challenged to fight MMA fighters to win $10,000.

According to his biography online, Miller is "known for his flashy entrances, exciting fighting style, and magnetic personality, both in and out of the ring."

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— Kate Mather

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