Gilbert Melendez Injury Forces Strikeforce Cancellation: Fan's Look

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Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez will not defend his title against Pat Healy on September 29th due to an injury that happened during training. The injury forced Melendez to withdraw from the fight.

Strikeforce: Melendez vs Healy cancelled

With two Zuffa events cancelled within weeks of each other, fighters have to manage worry and concern--not only about their own health and training, but also about the fighters in the main event.

Melendez tweeted his disappointment to fans, "Want to say sorry to all my fans and supporters of @Strikeforce for not being able to compete. Injured myself early last week. Bummer..."

Pat Healy also expressed his reaction to the cancellation on Twitter, "Sorry, everyone. I just found out. I'm more devastated then you can imagine."

Pat Healy appreciated hearing directly from Gilbert. Pat tweeted, "Melendez is a class act, hit me up and apologized last night. Everyone's upset, but that's not where the blame should go."

An avalanche of injuries

It seems to me, with so many injuries forcing main event fighters to withdraw, the fighters headlining the card should be covered in bubble wrap--whether they're training, just walking around or driving.

In any business, when things go wrong, they keep going wrong until the changes made to combat the error catch up. This Strikeforce card didn't have a back-up major fight on the card to keep Showtime interested in broadcasting the 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 said. "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." source

Meanwhile, Showtime has plenty of boxing events scheduled to keep their combat sports audience tuned in.

Rescheduling Fighters

Josh "The Punk" Thomson was scheduled to face Caros Fodor on September 29th. Thompson's last appearance in the cage (in May) was a five round title fight against Melendez. Thomson lost by split decision.

Thomson wasted no time making Strikeforce and Showtime aware of what he would like to see happen. He tweeted to Pat Healy, "Maybe we can make an interim title match between us for the Nov 3rd show! Read my mind @Strikeforce @SHOsports".

Thomson let fans know that he tried to save the event. He tweeted, "I offered to fight Healy, 3 or 5 round fight. @bambamhealy is a champion, he would [have] fought me to save the event and integrity of the sport."

Cat Zingano, formerly of Invicta FC, was set to make her Strikeforce debut against Amanda Nunes at this Strikeforce event. It could take months to get this fight scheduled on another card.

Twitter fans sent tweets to Shannon Knapp, founder of Invicta Fighting Championships, suggesting that the match take place on the October 6 event in Kansas City, Kansas.

@WMMANews: "I almost hope that @InvictaFights picks up @CatZingano vs. @AmandaNunes"

@BA_Girls: "With strikeforce canceling their card it would be awesome if @CatZingano vs @Amanda_Leoa could happen at @InvictaFights instead. @shanknapp"

Frank Mir injured, Strikeforce still looking for replacement

No word yet on who will replace injured Frank Mir to face Strikeforce champion Daniel Cormier on November 3rd. Heavyweight Daniel Cormier is headed to the UFC once he completes his Strikeforce agreement.

Seems to me, if you're a fighter looking to take advantage of an opportunity, it makes sense to act like an understudy by staying battle-ready in case of a call from the Zuffa matchmakers.

Source: Twitter, Sherdog, all other sources noted

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