Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gilbert Melendez suffered a separated shoulder in training, knocking him out of a planned fight with Pat Healy this Saturday night. With the injury, Strikeforce decided to cancel the entire event after Showtime made the call to not air it.
This marked the second Zuffa card to be cancelled this month, as UFC 151 was also hit by the injury bug. Melendez told MMAWeekly Radio he had no idea the entire card would be scrapped because of his exit.
“I was bummed for the fighters. I’m bummed for the show, I’m bummed for Showtime; I weighed everything out right before I pulled out like the fans are going to be disappointed,” Melendez said. “Then all of a sudden I cancelled the paychecks of a lot of fighters; that bums me out. It bums me out that’s what had to happen. I’m partially responsible for that, not all of it, but my injury is partially responsible for that. It sucks for all the fighters.”
Melendez said he is looking at “five more weeks and then we’ll re-evaluate things” in regards to his shoulder.