When the lights dimmed in Chicago for “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers” on Saturday night, friends, fans, and family of local welterweights Mark Miller and Deray Davis sat in the Sears Centre anticipating a clash between the two that ultimately never came to fruition due to a scheduling error. While it was immediately announced both fighters were being paid their agreed upon showing fee for undergoing the unfortunate circumstances, neither was able to compete for a win bonus to potentially ease any hardships endured, financial or otherwise, while training for the starcrossed bout (such as lost sponsorship money).
However, in a move many would label the righting of a wrong, Strikeforce executives announced today that both Miller and Davis would receive additional salary equivalent to the sum either would have received for winning the fight. When contacted by FiveOuncesofPain.com for clarification on matters, Strikeforce representative Mike Afromowitz went on to briefly explain the situation and confirm the supplemental payment had been issued.
“(Strikeforce) did everything we could to match (Davis and Miller) on a card taking place in Chicago on November 21st,” said Afromowitz. Neither fighter could take the fight on this date, however, due to different circumstances. Given this situation, we felt the next best solution would be to pay them their respective win bonuses as well as their purses.
This is the first time in Strikeforce history that anything like this has occurred.”
No official word has surfaced on what is next for either Mixed Martial Artist or if they plan to face each other at a future event, Strikeforce or otherwise.