Melendez Injured? Strikeforce Canceled?
When Dana White went after hackers a few months ago, he probably made a big mistake. Since then, there have been a number of trolling/hack incidents around Zuffa properties, including a rumored Fedor return, and Tim Sylvia to face Cormier… So when I read on Strikeforce’s page a statement announcing the cancellation of Saturday’s upcoming event, Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy, in which Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is quoted as saying that since Melendez is injured and won’t be fighting, Showtime is refusing to air the card, and they have no choice but to cancel the entire event, I get a little suspicious.
Here’s the statement from their website:
Strikeforce Announces Cancellation of Saturday’s Event in Sacramento
Las Vegas, Nevada – STRIKEFORCE® announced this evening that its event planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. has been cancelled. STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained an injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.
Without the Melendez-Healy title bout, SHOWTIME®, which determines which fights are televised on the premium network, decided that it would not air Saturday’s scheduled 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.”
Refunds for tickets purchased are available at point of sale.
It just seems odd to me that Showtime would refuse to air a card with some good fights on it because the Melendez fight got canceled. Maybe Zuffa’s tired of finding last-minute opponents? Pat Healy isn’t a big enough draw? (I know…)
Maybe without the Melendez fight, Showtime doesn’t want to compete for viewers with the juggernaut that is “UFC on FUEL TV 5: Struve vs. Miocic”?
Forgive me for taking a “wait and see” (or, in this case, wait and don’t see) approach to this news…