For the second time in three cards, a Zuffa event has been cancelled due to an injury in the main event.
Strikeforce lightweight champion, Gilbert Melendez has been forced out of his headlining bout with Pat Healy because of an undisclosed injury suffered while training. It was Showtime’s decision to not broadcast the rest of the card, without Melendez in the main event.
“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.”
It is rumored that former champion Josh Thomson, offered to step up and face Healy for a number one contender’s bout, but was turned down either by Strikeforce or Showtime. There is no information on if the other nine bouts on the card will be moved to a later date or scrapped all together.