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Rauno 09-24-2012 06:35 AM

Gilbert Melendez injured, Saturday's 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy' card canceled
 
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The circumstances are slightly different, but fans no doubt will be wondering if this really can be happening again.

Just a month after the UFC was forced to cancel a card for the first time in the Zuffa era, now the cancellation bug has bitten Strikeforce. The promotion's Saturday show in Sacramento, Calif., "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy," has been scrapped following an injury to lightweight champion and headliner Gilbert Melendez.

Promotion officials late Sunday night announced the event's cancellation.

"Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" was scheduled for Saturday at Power Balance Pavillion in Sacramento. The event was to air live on Showtime and Showtime Extreme. In the main event, Melendez (21-2 MMA, 11-1 SF) was to meet Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF), putting his lightweight belt on the line.

Strikeforce officials in a statement said the decision to cancel the event was made when Showtime decided to not air the card without Melendez on it.

"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. "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 UFC this past month elected to cancel the UFC 151 pay-per-view scheduled for Sept. 1 in Las Vegas when Dan Henderson pulled out of his light heavyweight title fight against Jon Jones and Jones didn't accept a fight against Chael Sonnen.

Also on the main card, former champ Josh Thomson was set to meet Caros Fodor, Jorge Santiago was to face Quinn Mulhern and Isaac Vallie-Flagg was booked to fight Adriano Martins.

That leaves Strikeforce's next show now on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City though that event also is awaiting a new main event after Frank Mir had.
MMAJunkie

Dudes announced it but thought it could pass on as a new thread.

MMAROLLER 09-24-2012 07:13 AM

Its a shame Zuffa could not even care about Strikeforce enough to have a replacement lined up in case of such an event, they have enough LW's floating around to surly grasp someone even if from the UFC.

Since Strikeforce cant even hold a card maybe now they will bring Melendez over to the UFC when he returns from his injury which needs to happen since Striekforce is a dying promotion, may as well just put it out of its misery and milk what fighters they want over right now rather than continue to watch its painful demise and letting it take down its talented fighters along with it.

Killz 09-24-2012 07:16 AM

A strikeforce cancellation has no where near the same implications as a UFC cancellation.

rul3z 09-24-2012 08:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Killz (Post 1630074)
A strikeforce cancellation has no where near the same implications as a UFC cancellation.

Sure, but they're supposed to benefit from others failures. How do they build a whole card based on "1" card!!!!

Budhisten 09-24-2012 10:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Killz (Post 1630074)
A strikeforce cancellation has no where near the same implications as a UFC cancellation.

This still sucks ass though :/

Rauno 09-24-2012 10:04 AM

I didn't even know this card was this weekend tbh.. Such a crappy card aside Gil and Josh fighting there.

LL 09-24-2012 11:23 AM

That was a pretty crappy card in all honesty...

It's time to close Strikeforce, it's just a waste of everyone's time at this point.

Rauno 09-24-2012 12:08 PM

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Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion (Post 1630142)
That was a pretty crappy card in all honesty...

It's time to close Strikeforce, it's just a waste of everyone's time at this point.

And it really is. Fighters are complaining about lack of activity. Same goes with Bellator.

Purgetheweak 09-24-2012 01:43 PM

Meh, have never been compelled to purchase Showtime, and Strikeforce only has two fighters worth watching (Mein and Souza).

Rauno 09-24-2012 02:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Purgetheweak (Post 1630205)
Meh, have never been compelled to purchase Showtime, and Strikeforce only has two fighters worth watching (Mein and Souza).

You only enjoy 2 fighters there? I have a lot..

Heavyweight: Cormier, Barnett
Light Heavyweight: Mousasi, Feijao
Middleweight: Rockhold, Souza, Gracie
Welterweight: Woodley, Marquardt,
Lightweight: Thomson, Melendez, Healy, Couture, Masvidal

I hope they scrap Strikeforce soon. It's enjoyable to see fights in other formats from time to time but these guy's should be in the UFC imo.


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