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You’re a pussy for crying about the brawl

Since Saturday’s Strikeforce brawl, a lot of people have been apologizing. Despite leaving the cage after the incident with his typical Mayhem grin, Jason Miller posted a sincere enough sounding letter taking responsibility for his part in the scrum. Cesar Gracie also apologized for his team’s actions on his site, but he was in a less conciliatory mood later when talking to MMA Junkie:

Gracie said the “crybabies” are part of a double standard between MMA and other sports.

“I went to a hockey game, a (San Jose) Sharks game last week; there were three fights where the teams were fighting each other,” he said. “That was at a hockey game where there are supposed to be no fights.

“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.”

Gracie disagreed with fans and pundits who said the incident could turn public perception against MMA.

“How would it be damaging?” he said. “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.”

At the risk of being labeled a crybaby pussy, there’s a bit of a difference between fights during a hockey game and what happened in the cage on Saturday night. In hockey, fighting is against the rules the same way hooking, high sticking, and slashing are. If you want to make a more apt comparison to what happened on Saturday, this would be like a fight breaking out after the end of the all-star game (because remember: that was 3 champions beating on Miller) when players meet to shake hands. And yep, if that happened in hockey, people would be aghast because it’s thuggish, pathetic behavior that does indeed make the sport look terrible.

Now I would agree that the issue was overblown … if it wasn’t the cherry on top of the shit sundae that was CBS Saturday Night Fights. I guess the CBS deal has been around long enough that no one really gives it much thought any more. But NOTE TO FUCKING MORONS: network deals don’t grow on trees. Shit like this doesn’t just endanger the current deal with CBS that Strikeforce can’t seem to capitalize on. It solidifies a negative perception amongst television executives that makes it harder for guys like the UFC to lock shit in.

I can enjoy a good brawl along with all the big balled manly men – Quinton Jackson and Wanderlei Silva going at it was good fun and ditto Hammerhouse and Chute Boxe. Those were good clean fun in retrospect not just because they didn’t end up kicking a leg out from under the promotion they were in, but because it didn’t involve half the champs jumping one dude and going to town on him. There are brawls and there are brawls. This was not a good brawl.

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