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“Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” Fighters Will Receive Pay Despite Event Cancellation

Gilbert MelendezFighters on the doomed “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” will receive some compensation despite the event’s cancellation after Showtime refused to air the card in the wake of lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez being injured. While terms have not been made public, sources have confirmed that the fighters will receive at least some of their expected earnings from Zuffa, who was not required to pay them anything.

MMAJunkie first reported the story with multiple sources since confirming the story.

The event’s cancellation was the second Zuffa card cancelled in the last month after having no such cancellations in the promotion’s history. The circumstances around this event were slightly different however, as broadcast partner Showtime refused to air the card without the injured Melendez. This prompted Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to have to make the unfortunate call of canceling the card, though compensating the fighters should help soften the blow some for those on the card.

Full ticket refunds are available for fans who purchased tickets to the event.


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