Late Sunday night Strikeforce announced their upcoming card this weekend had been cancelled after lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez suffered an undisclosed injury in training. As a result of the short turnaround time to find a replacement, Showtime has elected not to air the card and forced Strikeforce’s hand in the matter.
“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 explained in a press release. “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.”
Melendez took to Twitter to apologize to his fans, but gave no indication of what the injury related to or how long he expected to be out, writing, “Want to say sorry to all my fans and supporters of Strikeforce for not being able to compete. Injured myself early last week. Bummer…”
Strikeforce officials have said ticket holders for the card can get refunds for their tickets.
Zuffa, the parent company of both the UFC and Strikeforce, had never cancelled an event before September of 2012. The recent development now marks the second show they’ve scrapped with the other involving UFC 151.