Seven Questions with Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, Mix Martial Arts Fighter and Host of MTV's 'Bully Beatdown'
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Today's subject is Jason "Mayhem" Miller.
Jason is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with more than 30 wins under his belt. Mayhem who is best known for his flashy entrances and hyper-aggressive style in the ring is just as much a showman as he is a fighter. When he's not fighting in front of his fans, also known as the "Mayhem Monkeys," Mayhem can be seen on MTV's "Bully Beatdown" which throws bullies into the ring with professional MMA fighters and airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m.
Mayhem, who tells us "I know about the LAist," gave us a call to talk about punching people in the face for a living, being on MTV and the MMA scene here in Los Angeles.
1) How did the opportunity to host a show on MTV come to you?
They were looking for a mixed martial artist who was both hilarious and could kick some ass. I was one of the only people who could fill that void. I may not be funnier than him, but I could definitely beat the shit out of Dane Cook. I definitely could. I'd kick him right in the head. It would be a good time.
2) How have your peers in the MMA community responded to the show?
I don't give a damn. The MMA community is out of their mind. I think I really expected them to hate the show and to hate my guts. I was expecting them to think I was selling out, but that hasn't been the case. The response has been 'Mayhem is funny' and 'The show is cool.' The hardcore mixed martial arts fans as fair weather as they are, they are not really disliking it. That has been the biggest surprise to me.