Jake Shields found the biggest win of his career overshadowed by an altercation with Jason “Mayhem” Miller after the bout.
After Shields defeated Dan Henderson via unanimous decision this past Saturday, Miller entered the cage to ask Shields for a rematch. Miller was pushed by Shields and Gilbert Melendez, and ended up going to the floor in a heap with Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz and his brother, Nate Diaz.
“No one from my staff brought him there,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated at the post-fight press conference. “This is Jake’s moment. This is his time, he retained his belt, he had just fought Dan Henderson, he is getting his time on CBS. It is a time when he should speak about what he wants to speak about and from everything I have heard, that was taken away from him.”
The CBS broadcast quickly cut to a commercial, and it remains to be seen if the incident will affect the promotion’s future on CBS.
“There’s no room in Strikeforce for that type of behavior, I will not condone and reward that type of behavior,” sadi Coker. “If you’re a fighter fighting at the highest level and you’re fighting on CBS, you’re fighting on Showtime, you’re fighting on Strikeforce – there’s no room for that type of behavior.”
While there has been plenty of blame being passed around, Coker noted that he was going to wait to review the footage before taking any action.
“I didn’t see it,” stated Coker, who headed to the post-fight press conference before the brawl took place. “I don’t know how he got in there. But when you have the corner men that Jake has, and something like that happens, you know there’s going to be an issue. I don’t know why he couldn’t have thought that out because I could have told you that.
“I’m going to look at the video and see what happened,” he continued. “I don’t have enough information right now, but it’s not good for our sport. It was an amazing night. For something like that, to try and steal the limelight from a great fighter like Jake Shields, who really imposed his will and his style of fighting on Dan Henderson, I think it’s unnecessary.”