Instead of this article, had all gone according to plan, fans visiting the site would be reading a “real time results” article today featuring action from Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy. Unfortunately, as chance would have it, lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez suffered an injury while training for his headlining tilt and was forced to withdraw, prompting Showtime to pull the plug on the show’s broadcast and subsequently Strikeforce’s complete cancellation of the card.
While it’s unknown how long Melendez will be out with an injury, top contender Pat Healy is certain of one thing – as much as he wants to compete for a belt he isn’t about to turn down a potential paycheck either.
“I don’t really picture myself turning down a fight,” stated Healy in a conversation with MMAWeekly Radio, adding, “Especially if it was like an interim title or something like that, while Gil was out. I don’t really like interim titles, but in my situation, if I could have some guarantees that if I fought again I’d get a guaranteed title shot that would be even more appealing.”
As far as the overall situation, Healy remained understandably frustrated considering the road he’s travelled to finally get a crack at Melendez’s gold.
“I felt like this was my moment,” a glum Healy explained. “It’s taxing.”
Though Strikeforce hasn’t revealed how Healy will be treated some talk has surfaced of a possible pairing with Josh Thomson at the organization’s November event in Oklahoma City. Regardless of adversary, “Bam Bam” will enter the bout with a five-fight winning streak as well as an overall record of 28-16 including past success against the likes of Dan Hardy, Paul Daley, and Carlos Condit.
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