It was a night to forget for those that were inside the cage when middleweight champion Jake Shields was making his victory speech. Actually, everyone involved with “Strikeforce: Nashville” is hoping people don’t remember about what took place inside the Bridgestone Arena in Tennessee.
“He got in my face. My emotions were high,” Shields said at the post-fight presser of what ignited the biggest brawl in MMA history. “I felt disrespected, so I pushed him. I shouldn’t have, but I feel like he shouldn’t have got in my face like that right after a fight.
“A little rumble broke out, I guess, between my team and him. I was getting held back, so at that point, I just calmed down and stayed out of it.”
After dominating veteran Dan Henderson for a unanimous decision victory on Saturday night to retain his 185-pound crown, Shields took the mic for his celebratory speech, however was rudely interrupted by a former foe.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller, the man Shields defeated for the open 185-pound title at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” in November, lived up to his moniker as he stole the champ’s spotlight by asking for a rematch. While it may have taken some by surprise, Shields saw it coming a mile away.
“I expected him to be disrespectful,” Shields said of Miller’s ways. “Isn’t he always disrespectful to everyone? Isn’t that kind of a known thing? It’s his personality.
“I think it was just really disrespectful the way he got in my face like that.”
Caught inside the scrum were fellow Strikeforce champs Gilbert Melendez and Nick Diaz, as well as about a dozen of Shields’ other homies from the Bay Area.
“I have nothing against [Miller], but it’s Jake’s moment,” Melendez said. “If he hadn’t stolen the mic from him, there wouldn’t have been a problem.
“But that’s Mayhem for you.”
In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the night’s fiasco, as well as the footage from the melee: