The Strikeforce promotion has decided to cancel their planned event that was set for November 3rd according to Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January.
The November event was expected to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. However, Mir had to withdraw from the bout due to an injury. Also, Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was expected to defend his title on the card but was also bitten by the injury bug as well.
“While we’re disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger STRIKEFORCE event on SHOWTIME early next year,” said Stephen Espinoza.
This is the second consecutive event that Strikeforce has canceled. The Gilbert Melendez vs. Pat Healy card that was set for September 28th in Sacramento was also canceled when the champion was injured and had to withdraw from the bout. Refunds for tickets purchased are available at point of sale.
We reported earlier this week that there are rumors swirling about the future of Strikeforce and whether or not they’ll continue as a promotion moving forward. We’ll definitely be keeping an eye this situation. The Strikeforce promotion and Showtime deal will reportedly come to an end in early 2013, and it remains to be seen if the deal will be extended.
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