Cesar Gracie: 'Fights happen in every sport it's really not a big deal'

source: mmajunkie.com
 

"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."

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"It doesn't help anybody. Nobody's getting paid for fighting after the fight. It makes crybabies come out there and talk about it more, and then we have to do interviews talking about crybabies."

"So a fight broke out at a fight. That's not a good thing, and I'm not condoning it ... but a lot of people are jumping on this because they're babies. The same night, they had an NBA fight. They want to talk about a fight at an MMA fight between MMA fighters."

"How would it be damaging? If you're a sports fan, you're used to seeing fights all the time. It's really, seriously, a bunch of pussies latching on to this and trying to make it a bigger deal than it is. Is it a good thing? It's not a good thing. We're sorry. Everybody involved has apologized."

"But you've got a lot of crybabies that are going to latch on to this to the bitter end, but they're not going to say anything when a hockey game has fights every night. Young sport, old sport – people are making a much bigger deal than this. It's hype; it's all hype."

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disbeliever site profile image  

4/20/10 8:47 AM by disbeliever

Worst apology ever

kitzsu site profile image  

4/20/10 6:29 AM by kitzsu

oh yeah.. and hockey is a TEAM GAME... just like every other sport people are trying to compare this to......... mma yes you train with a team.. its a 1 on 1 sport.. stop trying to compare this sport to team sports

madmav site profile image  

4/20/10 3:47 AM by madmav

 sheltered lives is an understatement..

Mohammed site profile image  

4/20/10 3:11 AM by Mohammed

this People really making a huge deal about this must live sheltered lives  

colbyt34 site profile image  

4/20/10 2:57 AM by colbyt34

Is it just me or did that Gracie Mag journalist sound stupid. The way he portrayed the event sounded like something a 3rd grader would write. Not to mention obviously bias. Trying to justify actions by the Camp with saying Melendez is 30 lbs less than Miller what do you expect him to do. WTF.

MrBoone site profile image  

4/20/10 1:02 AM by MrBoone

Yeah there is a bit of an honor system in hockey. You don't mess with many key players, it's usually always the known fighter on a team against the other known fighter on the other team. You get the bench brawls of the old days but never a ganging up that I ever recalled in hockey.

HammerHands site profile image  

4/20/10 12:56 AM by HammerHands

yeah hockey players ma train to fight, but they don't pull that shit. thats an unfair comparison, ganging up on one person is unacceptable in any sport

MrBoone site profile image  

4/20/10 12:52 AM by MrBoone

About to say that.

rustyshakleford site profile image  

4/20/10 12:25 AM by rustyshakleford

Cesar is a great guy and has done much for the sport. It was a credible apology.

Wet site profile image  

4/19/10 11:25 PM by Wet

Have you seen a basketball fight?Fists flying in every direction and NONE of them land.