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It’s amazing how perception works.
Nick Diaz is convinced that he and his Team Cesar Gracie teammates were attacked by Jason "Mayhem" Miller and his Team Quest teammates following Jake Shields‘ win over Dan Henderson at Strikeforce’s Nashville show in April and he says that by "fighting back" they were merely defending themselves.
"I’m the last person who wants to take a punch from somebody and I don’t know who out there wants to hit me. All I know is this guy…Gilbert pushes him back and he runs at us and we’re fighting now. You want me to be the victim here and just let my boy get punched, or me? We’re on one team."
Maybe he and his brother should have gotten their stories straight before being filmed telling their decidedly different points of view.
Nate defended his camp’s actions, but admitted that they were the first to strike after Mayhem stepped up to his teammate Jake Shields.
"As far as I was concerned, we weren’t jumping [Miller]. Everybody was like, ‘You jumped him. You Jumped him.’ As far as I was concerned, you got in my boy’s face and we were fighting you. I don’t care who was fighting you. You shouldn’t have done that. It’s not my fault his boys weren’t helping him or whatever; the fag should have known better and whoever don’t like it, that’s their bad, you know? What the hell would they do?"
Their coach Cesar Gracie says that the likely punishments his fighters may receive are unjustified and that everybody should just move in and "learn" from the incident, which would be a viable option if this was the first time the Diaz duo were involved in a post-fight fracas.
"Guys are guys and unfortunately it’s going to happen. You reprimand the guys and hopefully everybody learns from it, but let’s not make it a bigger issue than it is. I think we’ll live."