Though featuring a trio of championship bouts and an equal number of athletes scoring landmark wins against top competition, a single subject remains the defining moment of this past weekend’s ”Strikeforce – Nashville” event in the minds of many – the embarrassing, unnecessary brawl ensuing in the cage after Jason Miller interrupted the freshly victorious Jake Shields’ post-fight speech to the crowd. While no official punishment has yet been issued to “Mayhem”, Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Nick Diaz, or any of the other involved parties, Miller took to his website on Sunday to express both regret over his decision to confront Shields and willingness to be held fully accountable for his actions and their ultimate result.
“I would like to formally apologize to CBS, Strikeforce, and all fans of mixed martial arts for my role in the events following the Strikeforce: Nashville event. In retrospect, my timing could not have been worse to ask for my rematch with Jake Shields, and I take full responsibility for entering the cage and setting off a chain of events that cast a dark shadow on the sport. I’ve been a fighter and a fan of MMA for over 12 years, and would never do anything to intentionally tarnish the sport I’ve given my life to. In the excitement of the moment I let my emotions run high and made a bad choice that resulted in a debacle, for that, I sincerely apologize.”
The host of MTV’s “Bully Beatdown” lost a unanimous decision to Shields in November 2009 and has been campaigning for a rematch ever since, in part due to his near-submission of the Strikeforce Middleweight Champion seconds prior to a round expiring. Miller has a record of 23-7 and had earned a relatively quick TKO over Tim Stout earlier in the evening before confronting Shields after the main event.