Strikeforce has been investing in big-name fighters, is being broadcast live on major US TV network CBS, and is now one of the world’s main promotions. Nevertheless, in the final moments of the event in Nashville, Tennessee, what was meant to be challenge turned into a fiasco.
Jason Miller, who had won one of his fights on the early card, entered the cage to request a rematch against current champion Jake Shields, who had just defeated Dan Henderson. That was when the confusion began. The live broadcast tried to cut the images, but there was no way (see video below).
Jason Miller has a history of tumult. Against Ronaldo Jacaré, at the Japanese Dream promotion, he landed an illegal kick. The bout ended up as a no contest and the fighter argued with the Brazilian, while still in the ring.
Strikeforce president Scott Coker disapproved of the occurrence.
“There is no room in Strikeforce for this kind of behavior nor to forgive or reward this type of attitude. For a fighter at the highest level, fighting on CBS, Showtime and in Strikeforce there is no room for this kind of behavior,” he said.
“I have no idea why Miller did that. I can tell you no one from my team put him in there. I’ll watch the video to see what happened. It’s not good for our sport, which is just getting started,” added the promoter, who tried to minimize the problem.
“It was an incredible night.”