Strikeforce Announces Cancellation of Saturday's Event in Sacramento

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Twenty20Dollars
9/24/12 1:22:18AM
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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.

About STRIKEFORCE® -
Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in Las Vegas, Nev. that currently holds live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on SHOWTIME® and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.
Twenty20Dollars
9/24/12 1:24:17AM


6 days away. Wow.

I didn't realize that there were two Zuffa events on Saturday. SF and FuelTV card.
Sir_Karl
9/24/12 1:32:45AM
I am surprised that Showtime would make the decision to not air the event just because the main fight was cancelled. Maybe Strikeforce should sue them. Personally I wish the UFC would just assimilate Strikeforce already. I understand there are some contractual issues but contracts can be changed, broken and/or thrown out for the right price. As soon as Strikeforce is off of Showtime I am cancelling the Showtime package anyhow as Showtime sucks. They barely ever play any good movies. I was looking forward to some of the fights on this card too. Damn. More BS due to training injuries. It is getting old.
FastKnockout
9/24/12 1:33:33AM
Sucks. There was a couple of fights I was really excited for.
Twenty20Dollars
9/24/12 1:35:34AM

Posted by Sir_Karl

I am surprised that Showtime would make the decision to not air the event just because the main fight was cancelled. Maybe Strikeforce should sue them. Personally I wish the UFC would just assimilate Strikeforce already. I understand there are some contractual issues but contracts can be changed, broken and/or thrown out for the right price. As soon as Strikeforce is off of Showtime I am cancelling the Showtime package anyhow as Showtime sucks. They barely ever play any good movies. I was looking forward to some of the fights on this card too. Damn. More BS due to training injuries. It is getting old.



I think Zuffa/SF only renewed with Showtime for a 1 year deal, so maybe could happen sometime soon.
Budgellism
9/24/12 2:03:56AM
Damn, that sucks. League 2 just took a big hit.
Cooler
9/24/12 5:26:11AM
That card was weak on paper so I'm not shocked by showtimes decision with Gil out but that sucks that another group of fighters don't get paid.

With what happened to 151, it opened the floodgates to cancelling events too.

sparky
9/24/12 7:06:05AM
I'm disappointed I was looking forward to all day MMA Saturday.
kopower
9/24/12 7:13:59AM
This sounds familiar.
Bubbles
9/24/12 8:23:00AM

Posted by sparky

I'm disappointed I was looking forward to all day MMA Saturday.


Zuffa makes enough money to pay off Showtime. They can make the money back in the next couple events and Showtime will probably make more with this than actually airing the events. Their promotion of SF is absolute garbage, and MMA is better off without them. Move the female fighters to Invicta FC and the top guys over to the UFC. SF was scheduled to have a grand total of 7 events this year, now 6, after putting on 16 last year including the Challengers Series. Unless fighters are at or near the top of the division, or are able to fight elsewhere, no body is fighting enough to sustain a semi comfortable life being a fulltime fighter.
BuffaloDave
9/24/12 9:20:16AM

Posted by sparky

I'm disappointed I was looking forward to all day MMA Saturday.



Same here!!
ghandikush
9/24/12 9:24:16AM
Goddamnit Jon Jones!

prozacnation1978
9/24/12 9:57:03AM
Strikeforce is going down the shitter as well. Scratched event. Nov event is without a main event.
Ufc can indure it. Strikeforce should just go ahead and merge with the Ufc at this point
shaneTpain
9/24/12 10:00:39AM
Why not let Josh Thomson step in & fight Healy? That would of have been an excellent match & as far as star power... well its just Strikeforce.. we don't expect much.

I don't like how easily cards are being cancelled lately. Dont like it one bit.
emfleek
9/24/12 10:30:29AM

Posted by Budgellism

Damn, that sucks. League 2 just took a big hit.


Working in it. There's a small chance that it can be salvaged. No guarantees though. Should know relatively soon.
DrivenDavies15
9/24/12 12:47:24PM

Posted by sparky

I'm disappointed I was looking forward to all day MMA Saturday.




Same plus friday night there's Bellator so I was pretty pumped not gonna lie. At least we still have 2 big events.
ghandikush
9/24/12 1:24:53PM

Posted by DrivenDavies15


Posted by sparky

I'm disappointed I was looking forward to all day MMA Saturday.




Same plus friday night there's Bellator so I was pretty pumped not gonna lie. At least we still have 2 big events.



UFC used to do only 7 cards a year
kopower
9/24/12 1:37:39PM

Posted by ghandikush

Goddamnit Jon Jones!




Manak
9/25/12 1:23:24AM

Posted by Sir_Karl

I am surprised that Showtime would make the decision to not air the event just because the main fight was cancelled. Maybe Strikeforce should sue them. Personally I wish the UFC would just assimilate Strikeforce already. I understand there are some contractual issues but contracts can be changed, broken and/or thrown out for the right price. As soon as Strikeforce is off of Showtime I am cancelling the Showtime package anyhow as Showtime sucks. They barely ever play any good movies. I was looking forward to some of the fights on this card too. Damn. More BS due to training injuries. It is getting old.



I would just have showtime for the sole fact of the new season of Californication in jan 2013
ghandikush
9/25/12 10:20:35AM

Posted by Manak


Posted by Sir_Karl

I am surprised that Showtime would make the decision to not air the event just because the main fight was cancelled. Maybe Strikeforce should sue them. Personally I wish the UFC would just assimilate Strikeforce already. I understand there are some contractual issues but contracts can be changed, broken and/or thrown out for the right price. As soon as Strikeforce is off of Showtime I am cancelling the Showtime package anyhow as Showtime sucks. They barely ever play any good movies. I was looking forward to some of the fights on this card too. Damn. More BS due to training injuries. It is getting old.



I would just have showtime for the sole fact of the new season of Californication in jan 2013



That show got too whiny in the third season, I couldnt finish it. GREAT first 2 seasons though,
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