An injury to Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez led to an event cancellation. | Photo: Sherdog.com
The mixed martial arts world never sleeps.
Less than a month after Zuffa officials cancelled UFC 151, an injury to lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez resulted in the plug being pulled on Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy” on Saturday at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. Showtime, which has the final say on which fights are televised by the premium network, elected not to air the Strikeforce event without the Melendez-Pat Healy championship bout. Nine other matches had been made official for Strikeforce “Melendez vs. Healy.”
The Strikeforce cancellation, which left the company’s future in limbo from a public relations standpoint, was not the only newsmaker in MMA. Other stories of interest include an update from trainer Greg Jackson on the condition of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ arm, some fallout from UFC 152, welterweight titleholder Georges St. Pierre’s assertion that he views himself as the challenger entering his UFC 154 unification bout with Carlos Condit and Bellator Fighting Championships CEO Bjorn Rebney defending his company’s fighter contracts.
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