First it was the leg injury of Frank Mir stalling the main event bout with Daniel Cormier, then it was the co-main event fighter Luke Rockhold pulling out, and most recently Sara McMann was forced to withdraw from her bout with Liz Carmouche. While it was initially believed Strikeforce would attempt to seek replacements for the rumbles, it turns out the organization has since decided to officially cancel the November 3 card originally expected to host the trio of tilts.
According to a press release, the company’s next card will take place in January though no date/location were revealed.
â€œDue to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January,â€ stated Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker in a prepared statement.
Many pundits have gone on record saying that the show’s scrapping will almost certainly mean that Strikeforce and Showtime would part ways. However, as it appears now, the January event will in fact run on Showtime and the promotion is still moving forward.
â€œWhile we’re disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger Strikeforce event on Showtime early next year,â€ explained Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of ShoSports.
The press release also provided some measure of relief for fans expecting to go to the event, saying ticket holders can get refunds from the point of sale. For those keeping track at home, Strikeforce ran 16 events in 2011 (including Challengers cards), but has only put on five this year.