Most MMA fans remember the infamous brawl that took place following the main event between Jake Shields and Dan Henderson at the Strikeforce: Nashville card.
For those who do not remember, after Shields defeated Henderson to retain his Strikeforce middleweight title, Jason "Mayhem" Miller entered the cage and interrupted Shields' post-fight interview to ask for a rematch.
What followed was a melee involving Shields, Strikeforce lightweight champion Gil Melendez, Strikeforce welterweight champion Nick Diaz, UFC welterweight Nate Diaz, and other members of the Cesar Gracie fight team attacking the interloping Miller.
Miller was suspended by the Tennessee State Athletic Commission following the incident.
Dana White speaking to MMAWeekly had this to say about Miller's absence from Strikeforce following that incident, "Mayhem Miller he had a contract with those guys, he wasn’t being fought because he couldn’t fight on Showtime, he couldn’t fight on CBS, so he was in a bad position," White said. "So that’s why that (signing with the UFC) happened."
White continued, “Mayhem, he’s banished from CBS for life."
White stressed that incidents like the Nashville brawl do not happen in the UFC, "We control what happens inside that Octagon, the fighters do not. In our organization, you don’t see melees break out and huge fights. You see what happens when somebody does cross the line and do stuff like that.”
White also stated that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva wanted to sign Miller, and that is why the deal happened.
Miller is slated to have his first fight in the UFC this July against fellow middleweight Aaron Simpson.
Miller is known to many casual fans due to his show Bully Beatdown that airs on MTV.
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