has canceled its planned Nov.
3 show in Oklahoma City after a string of injuries crippled the
Promotion officials announced the news on Friday, revealing that
the Zuffa-owned organization plans to return to Showtime with its
next event in January 2013. Patrons who bought tickets for the Nov.
3 show may refund their purchase at the point of sale, according to
the release. No further details were revealed.
“Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming
card on Nov. 3 but are already working to put together a stacked
card in January,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said in the official
Strikeforce’s Nov. 3 offering was expected to take place at the
Chesapeake Energy Arena and feature a headlining heavyweight
attraction between Strikeforce grand prix winner Daniel
Cormier and ex-UFC king Frank Mir.
However, Mir was forced to withdraw due to injury, and Cormier’s
replacement opponent was never announced.
Weeks after Mir’s withdrawal, the main draw took two more
significant hits, as former Olympic wrestling silver medalist
McMann pulled out of her booking against Liz
Carmouche, and middleweight champion Luke
Rockhold saw a hand injury do away with his plans to defend his
title against Lorenz
“While we're disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking
forward to an even bigger Strikeforce event on Showtime early next
year,” said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general
manager of Showtime Sports.
The Nov. 3 cancellation marks the second consecutive Strikeforce
show to be nixed due to injury, as the promotion’s Sept. 29
offering was scratched on just one week’s notice following
lightweight champion Gilbert
Melendez’s withdrawal from his headlining title defense against