http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Tennessee-Commission-Recommends-Suspensions-Fines-for-Strikeforce-Brawl-24757The Tennessee Athletic Commission has reviewed and issued five individual suspensions and fine recommendations in connection with the in-cage, post-fight brawl that occurred after the April 17 Strikeforce event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
The commission, per its protocol, will not identify the individuals until its administrative actions are finalized, either through settlement or hearings.
In a meeting held Thursday in Nashville, the nine-member commission voted to propose $20,000 fines and nine-month suspensions for all five individuals at a formal disciplinary hearing. However, these initial figures can all be reduced to fines ranging between $5,000-$7,500 and three-month suspensions if the recipients do not contest the proceedings and agree to “settle this matter with a consent order.”
The proposed disciplinary actions apply to five of six individuals who are in receipt of complaint letters mailed out in late April and early May. The regulatory body is still waiting on one more response request from a sixth individual issued a complaint letter after the initial five were mailed. According to an e-mail from Christopher Garrett, communications director for the Tennessee Athletic Commission, the sixth person was not licensed by the commission on April 17 and “there was some difficulty and delay in identifying this individual and his address.”
In addition, two individuals face $7,500 fines in the settlement phase. One is listed as unlicensed, while both failed to respond to the complaint letters issued by the regulatory body. The respondents also face "associated costs" in addition to the fines. Garrett couldn't initially define what those costs referred to or whether the suspensions would be retroactive from April 17 or would begin upon the settlement dates.
Although the commission has not yet publicly identified the individuals, Sherdog.com has identified four of the six cited as Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, welterweight champion Nick Diaz, and middleweight Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Nate Diaz, Nick’s younger brother and a participant in the April 17 incident, was not licensed as a cornerman that night and didn’t initially receive a complaint, said his trainer Cesar Gracie in April. However, Gracie indicated Thursday that the younger Diaz brother, who fights for the UFC, received a complaint letter at a later date than the rest.
I read somewhere this will really only effect Nate Diaz as he supposedly has a UFC event coming soon.