For the second time in a month, a Zuffa-affiliated mixed martial
arts card has been canceled.
announced Sunday evening that it has scrapped its
Sept. 29 event after a training injury forced lightweight
Melendez to withdraw from the main event. Melendez was
scheduled to defend his 155-pound title against Pat Healy at
Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday
“Want to say sorry to all my fans and supporters of Strikeforce for
not being able to compete,” Melendez wrote on Twitter. “Injured
myself early last week. Bummer.”
Showtime, which has the final say on which fights are televised by
the premium network, elected not to air the event without the
Melendez-Healy championship bout. Nine other bouts had been made
official for Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy.” It is currently
unclear as to when the remaining fighters on the card will have
their fights rescheduled.
“When Showtime informed us that it would not be airing the event,
we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s card in
Sacramento,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stated in a release.
“Without a television partner, we simply could not move forward
with this event. We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work
diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this
news on upcoming cards.”
The news of the Strikeforce cancellation comes a little less than a
month after UFC President Dana White announced that the Sept. 1 UFC
151 card would be canceled due to the lack of a suitable main
event. That card suffered its demise when a knee injury forced
Henderson to withdraw from a light heavyweight title matchup
Jones, and Jones subsequently declined a fight against Chael Sonnen
on eight days’ notice.
Melendez last competed on May 19, when he defended his lightweight
crown with a split-decision triumph over Josh Thomson
at Strikeforce “Barnett vs. Cormier.” Melendez has long been a
staple of the California-based promotion, posting an 11-1 mark in
fights with the organization since 2006.