The ever popular MMA reality TV show, MTV’s Bully Beatdown, is back on the air for its third season, with its host and middleweight MMA fighter Jason Mayhem Miller (24-7-1), well-known referee “Big” John McCarthy and a cast of exciting new fighters. This season is promising better and more exciting fights with longer rounds, smaller headgear, and tougher bullies, plus a female bully and fighter for the first time on the show.
If you are still unfamiliar with the format of the show it is pretty simple. In each episode victims send in video requests to host Jason Miller to confront the bullies that torment their daily lives. The bully is then confronted by the host and offered a prize of up to $10, 000 if he/she agrees to face a professional mixed martial artist in a bout that has a grappling/submission round and a kickboxing round, with each round being worth up to $5,000. In the grappling round the bully loses $1,000 for each time he/she is submitted and in the kickboxing round the bully wins $5,000 if he/she can last in the ring for the full five-minute round.
The show’s first episode premiered last Thursday, Nov 4th with the host stepping into the cage to facing the first bully, Andy, who has self-proclaimed himself the “King of Fresno” and has a theory that he has to beat the “poison” out of anyone who he identifies as one affected with the “poison” or dares challenge him.
Mayhem Miller granted mmavalor.com a short interview in which we were able to ask him to let us know more about the new season, his experiences and how he rates the new season.
Bully Beatdown premiered yesterday and you were the one fighting the bully. How/Why did you come to the decision to participate in one of the fights on the show?
You know, everybody wanted to watch me do it and all my fans really wanted to see that. Some of the kids who watch MTV, I don’t even think they knew if I fought or not (chuckles). Everybody wanted to see it and I decided now is the time to give it to them.
Did you find it a fun experience and how did you feel during the fight?
Yeah it was really fun; it was kind of weird fighting a guy who doesn’t really know how to fight is strange because I have been doing it against top fighters for so long. It was strange and fun. It was fun to teach a guy a lesson.
Did you feel like you had to protect the guy, especially on the submissions? You were going kind of fast with the chokes.
Yeah, yeah choking is the easiest thing to do because I’m not gonna hurt the guy with an arm bar or something like that, this way he’s just gonna tap out.
What can we expect of this season is it funnier than previous ones in your opinion?
Oh man! Much funnier! The comedy has gotten crazier and crazier and the fights have gotten wilder and wilder. We are really putting it together.
Are the bullies becoming more vicious as the seasons go by?
Oh yeah definitely, now that the show has been on for a while people know all about it, there has been more of a challenge and the bullies are tougher.
Can you hint at anything outrageous that happens during the season?
Oh man! I’ll give you a hint that there’s some more estrogen in this season that’s for sure! There’s amazingly a lack of puke but more exciting fights!
For the first time there is a girl bully on the show facing a female fighter, did you find the female bully worse than the male ones?
Yeah definitely, I mean she was just evil on a different level! You have not felt the wrath of a bully until you have seen a female bully! (laughs) I can’t wait for that episode to come out!
How did you select the female fighter?
Burnett worked with somebody to do that so I didn’t have as much to do with that side. (Mark Burnett is a British television producer and the creator of MTV’s Bully Beatdown. Other shows he is knows for are “Survivor”, “The Apprentice” and “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?”)
Did you get to meet the bullies this time around? If yes what did you think of them?
Oh man, they were all jerks! They were all jerks and that’s what makes the show great, you know.
Do any of the bullies come close to winning or maybe even winning the full prize this time around?
Ha Ha, guess what? You’re gonna have to watch the show!
Does the show get easier to film with each season for you personally or do certain aspects get harder?
It’s the most simple thing to do now because I’m so used to doing it, I just gotta get in my little flow.
Is there more pressure on you for the show to do well as the seasons pass?
Eh, I guess, but to me I’m just happy to be doing this job, it’s fun! It’s a fun way to flex my comedy muscle.
Do you think this season beats the previous two?
Oh my goodness! Blows the doors off the last two seasons! It’s not even comparable! I mean hell, I fought on the first episode, what do you think? It goes nothing but sky-high from there!
Thank you to Jason Mayhem Miller for spending the time with mmavalor.com. MTV’s Bully Beatdown airs on Thursdays at 11/10c. To view bonus clips from the show, sneak peeks, cast bios, episode summaries, photos and even catch up on previous seasons by viewing past episodes go to the Bully Beatdown main page on MTV’s website at: http://www.mtv.com/shows/bully_beatdown/season_3/series.jhtml
To give Mayhem Miller feedback on the show, ask questions or just find out more about his various projects you can follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/mayhemmiller .
In addition to being a professional mixed martial artist and a reality show host, Jason Miller has commentated MMA for HDNET with Michael Schiavello. He is also a regular on the Jason Ellis radio show and does radio guest appearances for Dr. Drew and UFC commentator and comedian Joe Rogan. For all things Mayhem go to www.mayhemmiller.com .