For the second time this month, a card has been scrapped by Zuffa. Due to a training injury suffered by Gilbert Melendez, this Saturday’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy event is off.
Melendez was scheduled to defend his Strikeforce lightweight title in the main event against Pat Healy. The card was set for the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento. He confirmed on Twitter that an injury sustained “early last week” forced him out of the fight.
“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.”
Coker did not go into detail the injury suffered by Melendez, but added, “We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this news on upcoming cards.”