Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson offered himself up to face Pat Healy in the main event Saturday night to keep the now-cancelled Strikeforce card alive. The promotion announced that Gilbert Melendez, the current Strikeforce 155-pound champion, would not be able to compete at Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.
“I offered to fight Healy, 3 or 5 (round) fight,” Thomson wrote on Twitter. “(Healy) is a champion, he woulda fought me to save the event an integrity of the sport.”
Showtime decided to not air the card with Melendez off it, forcing Strikeforce to cancel the entire event. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said the promotion would work quickly to reschedule the fights on the card as soon as possible.
Thomson also made a push to create an interim title, writing, “(Healy) maybe we can make an interim title match between us for the Nov 3rd show. If your down, I’m down,” to which Healy wrote back, “Read my mind.”
The extent of the injury suffered by Melendez is currently unknown, so it remains to be seen if Strikeforce will take the interim-title route going forward.