Jason “Mayhem” Miller has issued an apology for the post-fight melee that followed Jake Shields’ victory over Dan Henderson at Strikeforce: Nashville. As Miller hopped in the cage to ask Shields for a rematch, members of Shields camp (including but not limited to Gilbert Melendez and Nick and Nate Diaz) let Miller know that they did not appreciate him stealing their teammates moment. A full scale brawl broke out and members of security fought for the next couple of minutes to regain order. Miller has taken to his blog at mayhemmiller.com to talk about the situation.
“I would like to formally apologize to CBS, Strikeforce, and all fans of mixed martial arts for my role in the events following the Strikeforce: Nashville event. In retrospect, my timing could not have been worse to ask for my rematch with Jake Sheilds, and I take full responsibility for entering the cage and setting off a chain of events that cast a dark shadow on the sport. I’ve been a fighter and a fan of MMA for over 12 years, and would never do anything to intentionally tarnish the sport I’ve given my life to. In the excitement of the moment I let my emotions run high and made a bad choice that resulted in a debacle, for that, I sincerely apologize.”
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said he would review the incident before making any rulings as to how many of those involved were at fault and what, if any, punishment would be handed down.