The infamous Strikeforce Brawl that ended MMA on CBS
Heading into his April 17th, 2010 fight against Dan Henderson, Jake Shields was a heavy underdog who few fans thought stood a chance against Hendo and his H-bomb right hand. In the first round of their match, this seemed to be an accurate assessment, as Henderson landed powerful shots that nearly finished Shields and kept him in survival mode for most of the round. Somehow Shields was able to withstand the barrage and came back to out grapple and control the veteran Henderson over the next four rounds to take a clear cut decision that was beyond controversy.
However, the real story of the night was what occurred after the fight.
Prior to besting Dan Henderson, Jake Shields had beaten host of MTV’s Bully Beatdown, Jason “Mayhem” Miller by unanimous decision in a fight that saw Shields nearly choked out and saved by the bell.
While Shields was being interviewed by Gus Johnson of CBS Sports, the enigmatic Mayhem Miller interrupted Shields post fight victory speech to ask with a smirk, “where’s my rematch?”
Anyone familiar with the Cesar Gracie Fight Camp knew this was a big mistake.
Shields’s teammate and Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez took umbrage with what he saw as Mayhem’s cheap attempt to steal the glory of Jake Shields’s hard fought victory, pushing Miller and setting off what was to become one of the most famous post fight skirmishes in the history of MMA.
Always unafraid to represent the 209 and throw down for his people, Team Cesar Gracie fighter Nick Diaz stepped in, along with his younger brother Nate, and gave Mayhem several reasons to regret his decision to try and get a little camera time.
In no time, Mayhem was on the floor being kicked and stomped by the Diaz brothers, who left Mayhem with boot marks on his body.
Miller never did get his rematch with Jake Shields, but he learned a hard lesson about what can happen when your thirst for attention is greater than your common sense and self-preservation instinct.
Unfortunately, some 2,900,000 people witnessed the debacle on CBS, and the network never broadcast MMA again.
it also spawned one of the most unfortunate memes in MMA history.
“Sometimes these things happen in MMA,” blurted out, clearly rattled color commentator Gus Johnson.