Cesar Gracie, the trainer for Strikeforce middleweight champ Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, and Nick and Nate Diaz, who were all involved in a post-fight brawl with 185-pound contender Jason “Mayhem” Miller at Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” on CBS, has apologized for the incident on his official website while he’s disappointed that it has overshadowed wins by Shields and Melendez:
“Unfortunately the after fight skirmish shifted the focus away from what was probably Jake and Gil’s biggest wins and that was very disappointing. 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 alot of blame on all sides. 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.
I’ll be honest and tell you I think there has been somewhat of a double standard when it comes to MMA. I frequently attend hockey games and if a fight breaks out it’s routine and the fans have come to expect it. Fights happen in every sport and it’s really not a big deal but if a fight breaks out at a fight between fighters it seems like some people want to act like it’s the end of the world and pretend they are outraged.
That night in Nashville was emotionally charged and I wish cooler heads would 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.”
Pictured: Strikeforce: Nashville post-fight brawl, from MMAFrenzy.com’s Strikeforce: Nashille photo gallery.