After Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy was cancelled this past Sunday night, much like UFC 151, many of the event’s scheduled participants began complaining about the financial strain created by not fighting after putting in the time and training to compete. However, it looks like Zuffa is going to help out to a certain extent.
Although specific figures haven’t been confirmed based on the private nature of pay, MMAJunkie is reporting fighters will receive their contracted “show” rates.
Josh Thomson, who was scheduled to fight on the card, said Strikeforce was going above and beyond, explaining, “ “They’re taking care of us and it must be said, I truly appreciate it.”
In California, final bout agreements aren’t signed until the day of weigh ins and only then is the promotion required to pay the fighters any money. Since the event was canceled almost a week before any of the affected parties stepped on the scale, Strikeforce had no legal obligation to pay the fighters anything.
The show was scrapped late Sunday night when Showtime, where Strikeforce is broadcast, learned Gilbert Melendez was injured and wouldn’t be fighting on the card. The promotion is now looking to reschedule the bouts on different cards as soon as possible.
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