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‘Strikeforce: Nashville’ Post-Fight Brawl Video + Reactions

So here it is — the moment that might have sunk Strikeforce’s chances at getting on network television ever again. (As if the monotonous fights didn’t do enough damage to their stock.) When the video cuts away at the 0:15 mark, you miss two things: Jake Shields shoving Jason Miller for getting too close, and Gilbert Melendez shoving Miller immediately afterwards when it looks like Mayhem might retaliate. And then it’s time for the shit to have its blind date with the fan. At this point, Scott Coker’s only hope is that the post-event brawl creates enough heat that CBS wants to give them another chance, selling Strikeforce as the fight club where Anything Can Happen! More likely, CBS will simply want to cut ties with a volatile sport where anything that can go wrong often does.

So how much of the blame for the incident should lie with Miller, and how much should be put on the Scrap Pack? Should Melendez and the Diaz brothers et al. be charged with assault as some are suggesting? After the jump: Nick Diaz, Jason Miller, and Jake Shields give their sides of the story.

(Nick Diaz sort of apologizes for the melee, but defends the actions of his team. "[Jake] already went to battle. His job is done. So if anybody’s gonna be fighting now, it’s definitely not gonna be him." Props: MMAFighting)

(Jason "Mayhem" Miller laughs off his epically-backfired rematch-request, and says he only wanted to show his face and challenge the champ; it definitely wasn’t supposed to go down the way it did. Props: aroundtheoctagonato)

(Jake Shields discusses surviving the first round against Dan Henderson and dominating the rest of the fight. He says the post-fight brawl "wasn’t a big deal," but "I don’t think Mayhem should have came in my face like that." Props: MMAFighting)

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dranokills- April 20, 2010 at 8:09 pm

The Harvester Says:
Tue, 04/20/2010 - 01:18

How can anyone say Miller is innocent here??? He got in his face... way to close and when he got pushed back he jumped forward in an aggressive stance (and attempted some strikes lol) like he was gonna do something then got neutralized!

How can anyone hate on the Cesar Gracie fighters they are dominating Strikeforce.
3 Belts to team Quests 1.

I like Mayhem Miller too, but whats with everyone hating on the Gracie fighters. Take them away and Strikeforce would be lame.

CBS is gay anyway they cut King Mo's entrance!!!!!

hey idiot your village's lonely.
The Harvester- April 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm
How can anyone say Miller is innocent here??? He got in his face... way to close and when he got pushed back he jumped forward in an aggressive stance (and attempted some strikes lol) like he was gonna do something then got neutralized!

How can anyone hate on the Cesar Gracie fighters they are dominating Strikeforce.
3 Belts to team Quests 1.

I like Mayhem Miller too, but whats with everyone hating on the Gracie fighters. Take them away and Strikeforce would be lame.

CBS is gay anyway they cut King Mo's entrance!!!!!

** In a side note, Aoki was embarrassing hyping him as #2 light-weight was hilarious after watching him get beat up like a child. I think he made one of the worst take down attempts I have ever seen in MMA, and his bum scoots were just too funny. I seriously can't image what non mma-fans would of thought of watching that spectacle, way worse then the end of the show brawl.
kofmanmi- April 19, 2010 at 5:58 am
So I totally messed up in ranking Mousasi as #5 best fighter in the world. I was as wrong as two boys doing inappropriate things behind a shed...and that's very wrong.
ghostboner- April 19, 2010 at 1:52 am
Machineboi did you change your name to Almost North? Or do we now have 2 race hate fabricating clowns on here? Despite trying to pull the race card on behalf of the Diaz bros, I will oblige your request for some more gay love jokes.

Q: What's the difference between Jake Shields and Mayhem Miller?

A: When Mayhem finishes, it is on Jake's face, while Jake just never finishes.

Get it? It's a play on words, cause finish has 2 meanings... Ah, nevermind.
KillSwitch_E- April 19, 2010 at 12:18 am
Shields' team..what an embarrassment to a sport that already has a bad rep...
Lorenzoe553- April 18, 2010 at 10:35 pm
a finish would be good. which is what i expect from the rest of the fighters i listed before. but i like technical fights because i learn from them and knowing these guys cant finish so they use technique to win. and this would be pretty technical and although i figure fitch would win, id still expect a good technical fight. so it wouldnt be main event material, but id be excited to see it none the less.
Null Kuhl- April 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm
@Lorenzoe553 - I basically agree with everything you said. :)

@MMAINMYBLOOD - Yeah, grinder vs. grinder is definitely not a recipe for excitement. I really would be curious to see Shields in a promotion that allowed elbows in the GnP. I wonder if that would help him finish from the mount?
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 10:23 pm
I really dont see Fitch and Sheilds being a good would be a snoozefest... my two year old would be asleep in two min in that one. She really loves watching the fights with me too. These guys are both grinders they are going to grind eachother out till the horn, niether hits hard enough to ko the other.. and shields is too greasy to sub him with all that acne.. fitch is on some kinda decision streak 7 in a row including loss to gsp...boring. THe most exciting fight he had in this streak is the loss to gsp. Shields has twelve by decision I think its a recipe for boredom...unless shields pulls a submission out of his bag of tricks... not likely on fitch tho...
Lorenzoe553- April 18, 2010 at 10:17 pm
@null kuhl- agreed with the striking coach, gsp didnt have as much control of hardy. which im saying is a compliment to hardy and insult to henderson. gsp was less exciting to people because of the lack of strikes it seems. but he came closer to finishing hardy with the kumora and armbar as opposed to shields lousy strikes. i hated hardy because i didnt think he deserved a shot against gsp. i still dont but he gained my respect with his defense and ability to take pain from getting his arm and shoulder ripped. henderson did block alot of shots but shields still got alot through. hendo didnt seem to attempt too many escapes is where im at. he got tired quick and was completely controlled. i usually dont use the "old" excuse. but henderson hasnt faught since july and hes 39-40 years old. that wasnt the same fighter. shields did great and hes champ for a reason though.
Null Kuhl- April 18, 2010 at 9:54 pm
@Lorenzoe553 - Please don't misunderstand me...I'm definitely *not* saying he will beat the elite of the UFC, but it just annoys me when people completely rag on someone after they completely dominate another fighter. I mean, can anyone tell me how the GSP/Hardy fight was any different than the last 4 rounds of this fight? I have a feeling that if elbows to the head of a downed opponent were allowed in Strikeforce, this might have ended in a much more dramatic fashion. As it was, Hendo managed to cover up really well and keep from absorbing a lot of the GnP. All that being said, there is no doubt that Shields would benefit greatly from a new striking coach. These little pitter-patter punches seem to be a trend amongst the Stockton Gracie crew.
Lorenzoe553- April 18, 2010 at 9:40 pm
@null kuhl-i didnt think hendo deserved a title shot. compared to marquart or belfort. nobody has mounted hendo that many times and landed that many shots on him. give jackson or wanderlei that many shots and it wouldnt have gone decision, promise. silva rockd hendo in the 2nd round and submitted him afterwards btw. and henderson didnt make many attempts to escape, or sweep. shields is good at strikeforce lever. give him fitch, alves, gsp, silva, hell even maia and id bet against him. fitch would actually be a good fight tho.
Lorenzoe553- April 18, 2010 at 9:21 pm
@mmainmyblood-well that says something about mousasi still. why underestimate anyone trying to get ur title. i mean his biggest win is babalu. another guy that didnt make it in the ufc so he went to strikeforce to become champion. i actually believe edgar won that fight, but i think ur right about the other fights. i believe in this system though. i mean if u decide how the fight goes, control ur opponent and keep him from doing what he wants then in a way u win, but u also have to try to win as in attempt to ko/ submit ur oponent which mo did (poor attempts tho), shields etc. 10-8 are for dominant performances/ keeping ur opponent from doing basically anything offensive because he's too busy trying to defend and failing for the most part.
Null Kuhl- April 18, 2010 at 9:13 pm
Okay, I'll admit that the Shields/Henderson fight wasn't the most exciting fight ever, but does everyone realize that Henderson has NEVER been KO/TKO-ed? Not once. Also, the only people to ever submit him were the Nogueira brothers and Anderson Silva. He's a tough bastard. Shields obviously doesn't have the most powerful strikes, but not being able to stop Henderson definitely doesn't make you a huge weakling. I mean, Wanderlei AND Rampage both couldn't stop him. They won decisions over him. I don't see anyone saying they're a bunch of pussies because they couldn't stop him. Again, I've never been the biggest fan of Shields, but he thoroughly controlled that fight, and quite frankly, I was impressed. Now people are going to say it was only because Hendo is a washed-up old man, but those are the exact same people who were saying six months ago that he should be next in line to fight A Silva instead of Belfort. Fucking fickle MMA fans...
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm
@Lorenzo... I have seen Mousasi fight at least 7 times... most of them in Japan and I was stoked when he came over to strikeforce... I am confused tho how he gassed so quickly, I expected him to run through sobral and Mo ,.. mo clearly wanted nothing to do with Gegards stand up.. this version of mousasi was the first time I have seen him off his game, I really dont think he took Mo seriously because of mo's lack of experience.. Had he taken him seriously and defended the take down he would have won, I heard somewhere he didnt even train takedown defense because he wanted to fight off his back... like he has so many times before in Japan, hell he has koed people from his back before... what these foriegn fighters need to do is watch some american mma matches they dont score it the same in Japan or Europe for that matter as they do here. Had this fight been in Japan I feel Mousasi may have got the nod... or even a draw... I just feel that the judges here in the US are behind the curve (bj penn vs frank edgar),(tyson griffin vs Clay guida), (shogun vs Machida), (Bisping vs Hamil), and (tito vs Rashad), (Rashad vs Thiago Silva..shoulda been a draw) all fights have one thing in common... horrible outcomes..what gives... and why are these jusdges afraid to award a 10-8 round?
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 8:30 pm
""Coker said he’d envisioned the post-fight disruption looking like a previous outburst, also involving both Diaz brothers, which occurred in the wake of K.J. Noons victory over Yves Edwards at EliteXC “Return of the King” in June 2008."" I dont remember this one but I got this off of sherdog...
So this is a reaccuring theme fellas looks like this might be more damaging than we think....
Under Banga- April 18, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Ole Nick lookin out for cold clockers throwin a few quick hot ones.2 oh fucking ni-een!
Lorenzoe553- April 18, 2010 at 8:24 pm
most of the fight was stand up, melendez did do damage on the ground. he controlled the entire fight. i agree that aoki would win a fight on the ground but he cant take it there because of his shitty takedowns compared to melendez's takedown defense. when it went down aoki only held the wrists and when he let go melendez hit him. yeah forgot munoz none the less i say theyre the best, and jackson was/is 2nd in my opinion. just correcting this perpetraitor retard. fedors the best, doesnt make his camp the best though.

but i think mo did ok actually. i mean moussasi did nothing outside the 2nd round really. and mo did keep control, and he did do some ground and pound. not much but still more than mousassi. again didnt know much about mousassi but after this fight im not impressed. no submission game (mo neither), no ground game in general. they both had pleanty of opportunities to submit each other. im saying this now that is not a top ten fighter. not yet at least.
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm
Man Sheilds really needs to get Proactive as a sponsor. he is fucking 30 and still has major acne... WTF??
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm
@cdawg1988 go for Mayhem, the others are just mad niggerish , that challenge bullshit everyone is dogging mayhem over is normal, that happens all the time what ensued doesnt happen all the time those diaz brothers they dissappoint me they are so fucking talented and cant act like proffessionals. Cant get their acts together, if they did they would rule their weight classes in the ufc. instead one is squablling with bums in Strikeforce and one moved up in weight cuz he couldnt beat Guida maynard or Joe daddy.. now he gonna be in strikeforce soon too. If you like classless talented bums go for Team Gracie if you like entertaining fighters with good talent and class. Miller.
MMAINMYBLOOD- April 18, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Lorenzo you had me till you mentioned that over exaggerated claim that Melendez would beat Aoki on the ground?? Honestly he whipped his ass because he didnt go to the ground, and when he did he made sure to get out of there. I dont believe even melendez thinks he can beat Aoki on the ground. You can tell he trained pure jits defense for this fight because he knew just like everyone else in the world that this guy is one dimensional lets not get ahead of our selves here.. next thing you know you will be claiming he can beat bj...ppsssst. But you left out Munoz from the blackhouse team as well that dude gettin better. But I Beleive Jacksons camp was one of the best now they are getting saturated everyone wants to train there. And honestly until Fedor is not in Strikeforce his IS the best camp in strikeforce. Diaz got cut from ufc because sanchez manhandled him. He is the best of the fighters that are just not good enough to be in the ufc. His brother will be out soon just watch ... also Shields should have just tried to teabag Hendo at least then I would not expect him to tap. SHeilds has one of the weakest punches in the sport. How the hell do you mount anybody that manytimes and not at least earn a stoppage? This guy wants to go to the ufc and fight gsp?? He is not going to win by trying that grind it out lay and pray shit on GSP... or wait maybe they can scramble around and try submissions on eachother until the end of the fight. King MO won just purely taking Mousasi down?? wow clearly not the more active fighter.. even the crowd booed those shitty stats... now you know why the ufc doesnt do that, when I see a boring ass no talent wrestler take someone down to death and get the win I have seizures for about five rounds.. Seriously they need to stop awarding megapoints for a take down .. for fuck sake its just a transition... alot of these guys use it to get a break its exactly what king mo did.. stall till the end. Anyway he aint shit so who cares.. goes to show the lack of talent in strikeforce..I give em another year and Fedor wil be outta there Cbs will have cut them and they will be back on showtime like three times a year.. if that..Ufc will get mousasi, and melendez shields and rogers and others... but not fedor..
monsieurkiwi- April 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Go Habs Go.
cdawg1988- April 18, 2010 at 7:43 pm
It's like a weird situation for me. I started doing mma after watching nick and nate. I've always been a fan of them and sheilds. Then I really got into watching mayhem. I didn't know who to cheer for when mayhem faught sheilds. Then this happened. Dang
YesCartwheel- April 18, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Let's go Pens.
YesCartwheel- April 18, 2010 at 7:12 pm
Those Diaz brother really are pieces of shit.

You motherfuckers are gonna pay. You are the ones who are the ball-lickers. I'm gonna fuck your mothers while you watch and cry like little bitches. Once I get to Hollywood and find those Diaz fucks who are making that movie, I'm gonna make 'em eat my shit, then shit out my shit, then eat their shit which is made up of my shit that I made 'em eat. Then you're all you motherfucks are next. Love, YesCartWheel.
RenoVega- April 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm
What you just saw was the death of Strikeforce on TV. CBS will not show another show with this type of violence after a fight.