The Zuffa team can not be happy with the string of bad luck they have been dealt. Shortly after having to cancel their first UFC event (151), they receive news from lightweight champ and expected Saturday headliner Gilbert Melendez that he will be unable to perform as he withdraws from his bout with Pat Healy, citing an undisclosed injury.
Here is what Strikeforce provided us with on the matter:
“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.
Ultimately the decision to call off the card was due to Showtime pulling out on the airing of the event as it had lost its title fight.
“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.”
Other main event fights on the card that will now need to be held off are former champ Josh Thomson vs. Caros Fodor, and Jorge Santiago vs. Quinn Mulhern.
The Strikeforce promotion was also recently hit with loss of their following event on Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City as Frank Mir pulls out of his headline fight with Grand Prix winner Daniel Cormeir. The Strikeforce match-maker Sean Shelby is said to be in works of patching the card in order to stick to the tentative date.