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Javier Mendez departs as Strikeforce’s matchmaker

Strikeforce could be in the market for a new matchmaker as has been informed that Javier Mendez has left the promotion.

Five Ounces of Pain learned of Mendez’s departure late Tuesday night and was able to confirm the development with Mendez himself via text message.

Mendez had been doubling as one of the sport’s most prominent trainers at the American Kickboxing Academy while working for Strikeforce. While speaking with Five Ounces of Pain, he expressed his belief that he was spreading himself too thin.

“I was neglecting my fighters and my love is training them,” Mendez stated via text. “I couldn’t do both. I had to do one or the other.”

There was is no immediate word regarding Strikeforce’s plans towards naming a replacement. Associate Editor Cory Brady contributed to this report.