Less than an hour after the press release went out saying Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy had been cancelled, Gilbert Melendez took to Twitter to apologize to his fans and followers. The social networking outlet has also allowed Pat Healy to talk about the situation where he made it clear he harbored no ill will towards “El Nino”.
“Melendez is a class act, hit me up and apologized last night. Everyone’s upset but that’s not where the blame should go,” Healy posted. Minutes later Healy commented on how hard he has been taking the news, “Sorry everyone I just found out. I’m more devastated than you can imagine.”
Healy (28-16) has fought for Strikeforce six times and has only dropped one fight to former lightweight champion Josh Thomson. Interestingly enough, Thomson was also on the since-scrapped lineup and was willing to face Healy if called upon, even if in an interim-title situation next month at the November 3 event in Oklahoma City.
Strikeforce has not commented on the possibility of this fight and has not spoken any further on the cancellation since their initial statements meaning it is still unknown how the affected fighters will be handled.
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