Fighters who were scheduled to compete for Strikeforce
on Saturday will still be compensated, despite the cancellation of
“Melendez vs. Healy” card.
While exact figures were not revealed, Sherdog.com confirmed
Tuesday with sources close to the event that Strikeforce parent
company Zuffa, LLC, still plans to provide some form of payment to
the fighters on the Sept. 29 bill, which was slated to take place
at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. MMAJunkie.com first reported the
development this afternoon.
One competitor on the bill told Sherdog.com that he was informed he
would receive his show money, though the funds had yet to be
dispersed. Another fighter declined to comment on specifics, but
asserted that Zuffa is “taking care of [the fighters], and I’m very
Jen Wenk, spokesperson for Authentic Management Group, provided a
similar take on the situation.
“The financials are private,” Wenk said, “but Zuffa is taking very
good care of the two Blackzilians that were on the card, Jorge
Santiago and Yuri
Villefort, despite the unfortunate cancellation of their
The show was called off Sunday night after headliner Gilbert
Melendez withdrew from his lightweight title defense against
Healy due to a shoulder injury. In light of the news,
Strikeforce officials stated that Showtime elected not to carry the
fight card, resulting in the promotion scrapping the event.
Strikeforce’s next event is scheduled for Nov. 3 at Chesapeake
Energy Center in Oklahoma City. That event also saw its initial
headliner spoiled due to injury, as Frank Mir was
forced to withdraw from his planned heavyweight conflict with
Cormier one week ago. Cormier is still expected to compete on