After the disappointment of this weekend’s Strikeforce: Melendez Vs Healy event being canceled at the start of the week, there was some welcome news for the fighters who were scheduled to compete at the show yesterday.
Strikeforce have confirmed that they will be paying all 19 fighters their “show” money for the event despite the fact that it’s now been scrapped.
That’s good news for the fighters, though they do stand to lose out on any potential ‘win’ bonuses or sponsorship money that they would have also earned on the night.
The cancellation came after main event star Gilbert Melendez separated his shoulder in training. As a result Showtime informed Strikeforce that they wouldn’t be airing the event, and so the promotion decided it was better to just pull the plug on it altogether.
It’ll be interesting to see how they proceed from here. When the UFC found themselves in the same situation earlier this month after the collapse of UFC 151 they managed to switch the fights to different forthcoming events.
Strikeforce don’t have the luxury of having a busy fight schedule though, with only one event in November currently announced, so it’s possible some of the planned match-ups for Saturday’s event may never see the light of day.