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Budhisten 09-25-2012 06:20 PM

Fighters recieve pay in spite of cancellation

Fighters left in the lurch following the cancellation of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" will be compensated, has learned.

Jorge Gurgel, Pat Healy, Adriano Martins, Jorge Santiago, Josh Thomson and Yuri Villefort were among those confirmed to have been promised at least partial pay, and additional sources confirmed the promotion is planning to compensate all 19 athletes who were left without a fight.

The exact amount issued to each fighter was not disclosed, but sources spoke to said many fighters received their contracted "show" money.

"I cannot give you amounts because the financials involved are private, but I can tell you that Zuffa is taking very good care of Jorge Santiago and Yuri Villefort," said Authentic Sports Management publicist Jen Wenk in a statement.

Zuffa is the parent company of Strikeforce. The company canceled the Sept. 29 event when broadcast partner Showtime elected not to air it following the injury withdrawal of Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy.

Zuffa officials declined comment to

The company was not required to pay fighters following the cancellation, which was announced on Saturday. Although they had signed bout agreements, bout contracts, which were issued by the athletic commission overseeing the event, the California State Athletic Commission, were not signed.

A rep for the CSAC on Monday told that bout contracts are typically issued and signed by the promotion, fighters and commission on the day of weigh-ins. In the event of a cancellation 24 hours prior to an event, a promoter is required to give "reasonable compensation" to fighters out of work.

In the case of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy," the event was canceled long before fighters stepped on the scale.

The cancellation of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" is the second major event scrapped this month, and it's the second time Zuffa has reached into its pockets beyond its usual obligations. Fighters temporarily benched by the cancellation of UFC 151, which was set for Sept. 1 in Las Vegas, received several thousand dollars in compensation, according to several sources.

Thomson, who on Monday told that he hoped to be re-booked for a Strikeforce event set for Nov. 2 in Oklahoma City, wrote today via text message, "They're taking care of us and it must be said, I truly appreciate it!"

kantowrestler 09-26-2012 11:51 PM

I think this is only fair considering that Strikeforce doesn't have as many fight cards upcoming as the UFC which made moving fights from UFC 151 easier.

mattbrick 09-28-2012 01:15 AM

Hope in future Strikeforce gets some great fight cards with them...

kantowrestler 09-29-2012 03:36 AM

There's been suggestions made that should be the end of the Strikeforce/Showtime partnership under Zuffa.

hwwor91ST 10-01-2012 02:07 AM

I think this is only fair considering that Strikeforce doesn't have as many fight cards upcoming as the UFC which made moving fights from UFC 151 easier.

kantowrestler 10-01-2012 11:22 PM

Though they could of moved up a few of them.

OU 10-02-2012 01:31 PM

I'm really hoping some of these guys still fight on the Nov.3rd card in OKC. I already bought my tickets, bought them before Mir got injured. But who knows when the next show will be? SF has plenty of guys that need fights badly. Hopefully they stack this card pretty good.

kantowrestler 10-02-2012 11:24 PM

One can only hope.

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