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[VIDEO] Jason Miller Makes Amends With Ariel Helwani, Talks “Lucky Patrick” Meltdown, Arrest, + More

(Kirk Lazarus gave this performance five out of five crab apples.) 

I have never met Jason Miller before. Like most of you, the only perception I have of “Mayhem” as a person has been constructed through interview snippets, heavily-edited reality shows, Twitter ramblings, and the occasional MMA fight. And while this criteria alone may be enough for me to declare my dislike for certain fighters, I have always found it difficult to assess just who exactly this Miller character is — especially in light of recent events — let alone render a verdict on the guy. Because that’s what Mayhem is: a character. And for people to believe that he is truly this completely bonkers, attention-starved individual at every waking moment seemed as ridiculous to me as believing that Chael Sonnen truly is the character he plays on TV. Yet in both instances, there is a strong majority of people who seem to feel this way.

What am I going on about? Well, it just so happens that Mayhem recently agreed to partake in a lengthy interview with Ariel Helwani, having finally shed the “Lucky Patrick” alter-alter-ego that saw him storm off Helwani’s show just a few weeks ago. In the interview that awaits you after the jump, Miller discusses everything from the Twitter war he and Dana White engaged in shortly after his firing to his bizarre arrest in a San Viejo church. And while I was happy to see that Miller appeared to be in sound mental shape for the time being, I couldn’t help but feel as if his explanation for those events was a little fishy.

If you’ve got the time, check out the video and let us know if you agree.

Look, I honestly want to believe what Miller is saying. I truly do. For some reason, I find him to be a smart yet misguided but overall likable guy once he sheds the “Mayhem” image. Hell, I’d rather listen to a million Lucky Patrick rants than have to hear even one more fighter spit out the same cliched, almost pre-determined interview answers that we are so used to hearing. And I am not going to call Miller a liar, but suffice it to say, I found some of his answers to the questions we have all been wondering to be just a bit…off. Perhaps appropriately so.

On his “Lucky Patrick” meltdown: “I’m always trying to learn and get better at whatever it is I’m trying to do. Like the acting thing. I got you with the whole Patrick thing because I really stayed in character, I had like a developed backstory, you know, these are methods that actors have used forever. And I just do the same thing I did in fighting to make myself successful. At 19, I got up in Tito Ortiz’s face and was like ‘Hey man, let’s wrestle’…because I wanted to get some of that magic off him.”

Now, I have not seen Here Comes the Boom because I have the ability to recognize a turd even before it has reached my small intestine, but according to Jim Genia’s review (and several others), Miller’s part in the film accounts for roughly five minutes of screen time and features none of the lush backstory that he is describing. As a film fanatic/student, I appreciate his effort to immerse himself as deeply as possible into his role, as minute as it may have been, but if he honestly expects me to believe that he had to go through what he did to accurately portray an MMA fighter with green hair, I call bullshit.

On his “kill yourself” tweet to Dana White: “When I said that, what I meant [was] kill the man that you are today, mentally. Kill him, become someone new. And that was what I was getting at. But it was also a joke.”

This one is a classic example of wanting to have your cake and eat it too. I could be wrong here, but I’m pretty sure that no one in the history of Twitter has ever even attempted to convey a message as pseudo-philosophical as this, let alone in the context of a joke. Twitter is a place we collectively gather to tell rape jokes, spew hatred and intolerance, and show a complete disregard for the fundamental principles of the English language. Basically, it’s the internet’s version of a Tea Party convention (BAZING!). And Miller wants us to believe that he was offering spiritual advice to a man who not only “never looked him in the eye,” but had just fired and publicly lambasted him days earlier? Child please. The only bit of advice I’ve ever offered an ex-employee or boss of mine was that they metaphorically copulate with themselves at the nearest convenience and I’m sure the same goes for most of you.

On his recent arrest: “Like I said, I live a very exciting life. That’s simply a misunderstanding, and really, it’s between me and my pastor. And that’s it. Brian Anderson, Mission Hills Church! Shout out to you! I’ll tell you what happened. I have performed under the moniker “Mayhem” for many years. And, most recently have got the title “Ultimate” slapped in front of my job. These combination of things makes any well meaning cop pull his pistol. Cause I look like a psycho. Understand? And I understand that. I just didn’t have time to clean up…I was waking up in the morning, I didn’t have time to say anything, I just had a pistol shoved in my face.”

Miller also stated that he wasn’t nude and was actually wearing a bathrobe, but none of that even begins to clarify what actually went down. Who is this pastor/coach Anderson fellow? Why was Miller wearing a bathrobe and sleeping in a church in the first place? Why would he vandalize a church he apparently attended on a regular basis? I guess The Case of the Nude Loon is just one that this gang will never be able to solve.

Again, I am in no place to call Miller out on his reasoning, and even if I did, I’m pretty sure Mayhem couldn’t really give two shits about what I have to say. So for now, I guess we should just be thankful that he is back to normal, whatever that is, and move on. That being said, it is interesting to finally see an interview with the guy where he isn’t bouncing off the walls or attempting a publicity stunt.

Miller also goes on to detail the knee injury he suffered in his match against CB Dolloway, as well as his future in MMA and Jacob Volkmann’s politics, for some reason. So check it out and let us know what you think.

-J. Jones

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jdubs- October 24, 2012 at 7:12 pm
I think Mayhem is far more interesting than 95% of the fighters out there and seems like a genuinely likable good person. I am rooting for him and hopes he succeeds in what ever he decides to do.
Get Off Me- October 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm
@armfarmer now u know how I've felt about Chael over the past few years.
Bang on with bipolar, psych issues...Someone told me he was self proclaimed atheist on top of Pastor/Allah...
RSparrow- October 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm
I think the real story Is he was barred out (Xanax) or on some Ambien. Just come out and say it dude...
TellaTruth- October 24, 2012 at 4:05 pm
Seems like there may be 3 personalities in there, Jason, Mayhem, & Lucky. During the melt down he talks about Jason being, "gone" & "in the woods". In this interview he talks like Mayhem is a persona he has shed. Sounds like Mayhem is more than just a monicker.
TellaTruth- October 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm
"And while I was happy to see that Miller appeared to be in sound mental shape for the time being." Please, that was not an example of good mental state. From personal experience with family and friends who deal with bipolar disorder and other psychiatric problems, those were semi coherent statements from someone in distress, at best. Too many unrelated statements, responses, and avoidances to list here. It is too upsetting to watch. I could only last to 27:28. He actually credits "blessings from Allah" when speaking of his abilities, and then gives a shout out to his pastor. Two opposite ends of the spectrum, yet somehow he is on both ends at the same time.?
ArmFarmer- October 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm
"but why sleep in a church" "why wouldn't you want to be closer to god?" If you believe in god, which I don't, then you believe he is everywhere all at once. There's not "more god" in a church than there is in your home. Answers like that are just pure BS. I vandalized a church in nothing but a bathrobe and then passed out on a couch.. because I wanted to be closer to god...
ArmFarmer- October 24, 2012 at 1:59 pm
His answers didn't make any sense, just came off like he was dodging every issue. He gave an answer just to give an answer, but they were all BS. I actually think he's a little more unstable now than I did from the lucky interview. I knew that was an act, don't really know what to think of this. He comes off a little delusional.
KidDinomite- October 24, 2012 at 10:03 am
I like Mayhem. I rooted for him when he got his ass handed to him from Michael Bisping. I gave him the benefit of the doubt after he showed his lack of standup skills during that fight and after when he lost like a man to CB Dollaway. But after this.... Mayhem, maybe if you spent more time working on your standup instead of your 'acting ability', you could land a steady contract with WSOF, OneFC, or even Bellator.
RSparrow- October 24, 2012 at 9:00 am
He's lyiing and hiding something.
MorningwoodII- October 24, 2012 at 8:10 am
With the comparison's to Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler. Why didn't Ariel get to slap the shit out of "Lucky Patrick?" Maybe Ariel wouldn't allow him to put on a robe first?
MorningwoodII- October 24, 2012 at 8:05 am
how does a "sane" person get a hair cut like that? and at the 20.04 mark Ariel's head looks like a character from Star Trek.
godspeed- October 23, 2012 at 10:08 pm
I bet Miller is one of those guys you invite to party and he's cool and then he goes and f**** up at the end of the night wanting to fight everybody
Nippletwist- October 23, 2012 at 8:27 pm
he just seems really embarrassed i feel bad for dude. he's too proud to face the fact that he fucked up and acted crazy and thats why people think hes crazy and are making fun of him, so he's trying to like rationalize his way around it in this wierd way, it's really sad. i do feel bad for him because i do think he's probably not a bad guy.
Fried Taco- October 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm
What goes on between a pastor and his parishioners stays in the church. That cop broke the rule, and God will make him pay.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 23, 2012 at 3:29 pm
This slow, inexorable, hapless tailspin into irrelevance and obscurity is a painful and horrifying thing to witness.
Alan K- October 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm
What the hell? I thought that was a Lucky Patrick interview. Whatever happened to that guy? He was awesome.
bitteralex- October 23, 2012 at 2:42 pm
I had no problem with mayhem trying to do the interview "in character." The thing I had a problem with was that he wasn't funny... or entertaining. Perhaps he was staying with the theme of the movie (BAZINGA!). I give credit to Ariel for having him back on so he could answer questions about his incidents like a normal goddamn person. But all his answers just smell like bullshit. From the clips I've seen of him, he actually seems very knowledgable in mma and looked like a decent coach (TUF not withstanding).
BaghdadBob- October 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm
Like the cop had the slightest idea who the naked guy on the couch was.