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)