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Video: Ariel Helwani Interviews Kevin Casey, Spencer Pratt and Alistair Overeem on The MMA Hour


(Video courtesy MMAFighting.com)

Ariel Helwani was back yesterday with his The MMA Hour, which is arguably the best Internet radio show out there right now. (Sleep with one eye open though, Helwani. We’re coming for you.)


First up in this edition was pompous Strikeforce fighter Kevin Casey, who is set to take on Matt Lindland at the May 21 Strikeforce Challengers event in Portland, Oregon.

Casey touched on a variety of topics including awarding himself a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, his terrible rap video and allegations that Marc Laimon threatened to bring gunplay into the equation when he challenged him to a street fight.

Basically, Casey felt that it was up to him to uphold the integrity of the Gracie name and when he heard that Laimon had been slagging on Royce et al, he decided to challenge Marc to a fight. He alleges that when he called Laimon on, the Cobra Kai founder threatened him with gun violence. As a result of being “disrespected” in such a manner, Casey spit in Laimon’s face and called him out for not being man enough to do anything about it. Now I get where Chael Sonnen is coming from when he says respect is a word made up by street thugs.

*Editor’s note: When contacted today by CP, Laimon said that the allegations and story by Casey were "All lies!" and that he didn’t want to waste his time dignifying them with a response. I sense an angry, poorly-written King Casey rap song and video directed at Laimon in the near future.

For his part, Pratt talked about his relationship with Casey, whom he revered growing up for his superpowers and impressive entourage and how he decided to use his power in the media to help the Rickson Gracie protégée’s career.

Ariel struggles at times to keep a straight face while Pratt rambles on about how important he is, his thoughts on MMA and the mystical entity that is “King Kevin.” For a guy who proclaims to know as much as he does about BJJ and MMA, saying that Matt Lindland got “tapped out” in the Olympics when he won his silver medal in Greco Roman wrestling. I pray to Crom that Pratt’s claim that he is going to step into the cage to compete within two years is legit, especially when he continues to call out fighters like Jason Miller, Lindland and Jason Chambers.

Points to Ariel for admitting that the Pratt segment “was the biggest mistake of [his] life.”

The interview with Overeem was a nice contrast to the previous one with The Hills’ biggest douchebag. Watching Alistair talk seriously about his career and future in MMA while wearing a party hat and holding a big “Birthday King” balloon was another MMA moment akin to Ariel’s “How’s taste my pee pee”  interview with Andrei Arlovski. He’s definitely a humble,  down to earth and likeable guy. The Strikeforce heavyweight champ talked about his fight with Rogers, potentially facing Fedor, sympathy he has for his opponents and where his future fights may take place. I found it very curious that he isn’t allowed to talk about how many fights he has remaining on his Strikeforce contract. 

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Knee 2 tha Face- May 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm
@portland mma> Why not in a good way? xplain im a little slow today.
fatbellyfrank- May 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm
The Party hat of pain v's The sweater of awesomeness, Coker, make it happen or you'll be gettin Gusbuster e-mails, never know, that might even draw some ratings
HokeyPokeyLikeAoki- May 18, 2010 at 4:48 pm
I guess u can't blame Helwani for clowning Pratt AFTER the call cuz seriously... what the fuck would Helwani do if Pratt ever got in his face. Even Ben Fowlkes made Hewlani his bitch.
Randy Pan- May 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm
I enjoyed Helwani's interview with Overeem. I thought it was interesting how Overeem talked about having "two sides" as a person--Overeem the fighter, who has no remorse in the cage and is trying to destroy his opponent, and Overeem the person, who felt bad after nearly killing one of his opponents via KO back in Pride. I'm always interested to hear how fighters are able to balance their ultra-violent professional fighting selves with their non-violent family-man selves.
As Good As Anyone- May 18, 2010 at 12:29 pm
I believe Ubereem was very disappointed when they didn't actually give him an iPad for his birthday. :(
Robocop Didnt Tap- May 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm
"Watching Alistair talk seriously about his career and future in MMA while wearing a party hat and holding a big “Birthday King” balloon"

Alright...NOW Overeem is a serious contender for Fedor. Fedor has the picture of him licking ice cream, Overeem has a picture of him w/ a party hat and a balloon. All Overeem needs is a strange reptilian pet (turtles are already taken) and a sweet multi-colored sweatshirt & he can become the heir to Fedor's crown of awesomeness.
rlh61- May 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm
@Almost North

"As opposed to "The Reem" which has more of a Nick Ring."

That was classic, bro. Had me laughin' out loud...
PortlandMMA- May 18, 2010 at 11:48 am
Knee 2 the face your comment made me crack up and not in a good way.
PortlandMMA- May 18, 2010 at 11:47 am
Wifey please don't even joke about shaving off that flesh-colored beard, its exquisite
wifey- May 18, 2010 at 11:21 am
I could probably kick Spencer's ass. And then hold him down and shave that creepy beard thing off of his face.

Knee 2 tha Face- May 18, 2010 at 11:11 am
I've been trainin for a while. Would be a good first fight for me. Spencer would get KTFOd. Catch weight of 170! Make it happen so I can bury you in "the hills"!
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 11:09 am
As opposed to "The Reem" which has more of a Nick Ring.
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 10:58 am
I think Alistair "Birthday King" Overeem has a certain ring to it.
ccman- May 18, 2010 at 10:39 am
Is it just me or is the full on media push to get anyone to give a shit about Overeemed getting annoying as hell?

Yea you, you beat a 3rd rate Brett Rogers in a 2nd rate promotion after 30 months of ducking and juicing....... seriously how does Coker keep a straight face promoting some of these clowns?
k-onda- May 18, 2010 at 10:29 am
Can someone please juxtapose a pic of Overeem with party hat and balloon along side one of Fedor with ice cream and sweater? I just need to see that come to fruition.
ghostboner- May 18, 2010 at 10:01 am
@Almost North - Right!? In other news at HelwaniPotato, Overeem mockery is down 69%...

Helwani just gave Reem a 40 minute bj, and clowned the shit out of Pratt AFTER he hung up. I kind of hope some kind of trouble ensues.
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 9:45 am
I'm pretty sure the biggest douche on MTV is by default the worlds biggest douche. The hills is on that channel right? I don't have cable.

I wish horseroids would stop with this "most likable MMA champ" routine, its just not very good insult material.
rlh61- May 18, 2010 at 9:39 am
CP, you got it all wrong. Pratt isn't The Hills' biggest douchebag...he's the world's biggest douchebag. Being called 'The Hills biggest douchebag' is probably an insult to him after he has worked so hard to capture the 'World' title.

Me thinks there is an 'octogon-injury-related-death' on the horizon...
mikesite- May 18, 2010 at 9:35 am
ok granted the one fight i was in happened when i was in the 3rd grade, and ok yea so maybe i didnt win. but she was a 5th grader and the sun was in my eyes. But i would like to volunteer to beat spencer pratt into the ground.
RearNakedPoke- May 18, 2010 at 9:26 am
spencer pratt is a bitch! he is creepy looking and so is his wife. i pray that he gets to fight and we get to see him get his ass handed to him big time!!!
budsellers- May 18, 2010 at 9:24 am
it was a good mma hour yesterday. not much news, but definitely enjoyable 50+ minutes with alistair overeem.
PortlandMMA- May 18, 2010 at 9:23 am
The greatest thing that could ever happen is for Spencer Pratt to call out Dan Quinn. Dream make it happen.
J-Dog- May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am
Spencer Pratt = total douche. I'd love to watch him get beaten up in a televised MMA fight!
Almost North- May 18, 2010 at 9:13 am
Is is just me or has this place been turning into Helwani Potato lately? I see more of this dude than any actual fighters.

Also..Casey Case and the Fun Bunch need to shut the fuck up.
side.check.kick- May 18, 2010 at 9:11 am
OH BRA!
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