Strikeforce was forced to cancel its event planned for this Saturday night (Sept. 29, 2012) at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif., thanks to a shoulder injury suffered by reigning lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his 155-pound title against division number one contender Pat Healy.
From Showtime to no time.
With the mixed martial arts (MMA) community still smarting from the pinch of the decision by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to scrap its UFC 151 pay-per-view (PPV), which also suffered an untimely injury to one of its headliners, ZUFFA is cutting a few checks to keep morale from plummeting.
Sherdog.com has the scoop from Jen Wenk, spokesperson for Authentic Management Group:
"The financials are private, but Zuffa is taking very good care of the two Blackzilians that were on the card, Jorge Santiago and Yuri Villefort, despite the unfortunate cancellation of their fights."
See more on "El Nino's" injury here.
This weekend's defunct fight card is the second to suffer a catastrophe to its main event. Earlier this month, Frank Mir was forced to pull out of his headliner opposite Daniel Cormier after blowing out his knee.
"DC" will remain in place and the show will go on.