According to a report on Sherdog.com, the Tennessee Athletic Commission is investigating the post-fight melee that took place at the conclusion of the Jake Shields – Dan Henderson bout at Strikeforce: Nashville this past weekend.
After dominating Dan Henderson for a unanimous decision victory to retain his middleweight crown, Jason “Mayhem” Miller interrupted Jake Shields during his post-fight interview. Miller asked Shields for a rematch from their bout last November, where Shields defeated Miller to win the vacant title via unanimous decision.
“He carries himself in a disrespectful way,” Shields said of Miller during the post-fight press conference. “It’s just his personality. We’ve been friends in the past and we’ve been enemies in the past.”
Shields reacted to the interruption by shoving Miller, who was then attacked by members of Shields’ training camp with Cesar Gracie, which included Strikeforce champs Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz, as well as his brother Nate.
“I really apologize for that,” said Shields . “That’s out of my character. He got me when my emotions were running high. He came up in my face, came up talking crap. Unfortunately I pushed him. I overreacted.”
Meanwhile, Cesar Gracie himself took to his website at GracieFighter.com and apologized for the incident.
“Unfortunately, the-after fight skirmish shifted the focus away from what was probably Jake and Gil’s biggest wins, and that was very disappointing,” said Gracie. “We’re a very tight team, and in all the years we’ve hung out together, there has never been a team street fight or anything like that associated with us.
“After reviewing the tape, I think I saw a lot of blame on all sides,” he continued. “I have spoken to my guys and with Strikeforce to make sure this never happens again. There were people in there that had come to support our team that really should never have been in there, as well. Those people that participated have been banned from future events.
“That night in Nashville was emotionally charged, and I wish cooler heads had prevailed. I think it would be better if we fight in a professional manner and not in free-for-alls. For the disruption it has caused, we are sorry and would like to extend an apology.”
Meanwhile, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker noted that he would take action over the incident once he has reviewed the footage, stating, “obviously, there’s suspensions and there’s going to be sanctions, things like that that we can do, but I want to take a look at the footage.
“Let’s see who threw the first punch or blow, because I didn’t see it [he was headed for the press conference when the melee broke out]. It has no room in our sport because the sport is young. It has no room in any league. When this happens, it affects the entire sport.”