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Strikeforce cancels November show, planning to return in January

It’s been a rough go of it for Strikeforce over the past few months. The company was forced to scrap a September show after losing headliner Gilbert Melendez for health-related reasons and has now axed a November effort as a result of three of the featured fighters suffering injuries while preparing for their respective rumbles.

News of the cancellation was confirmed in a press release where it was also stated Strikeforce would not be promoting any other shows for the remainder of 2012.

In a prepared statement, CEO Scott Coker expressed his disappointment in dropping the event but assured fans his brand is “working to put together a stacked card in January.”

Specifically, the organization’s decision was prompted by withdrawals from Sara McMann, Frank Mir, and Luke Rockhold. Rockhold, the Strikeforce middleweight champ, was set to defend his title against Lorenz Larkin, while Mir was scheduled to meet unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Cormier and McMann was supposed to mix it up with Liz Carmouche in a bout likely determining the next contender to Ronda Rousey’s bantamweight belt.

Reports have also surfaced stating Strikeforce is on the brink of being disbanded based on its recent struggles, though Showtime executive Stephen Espinoza was quoted in the press release as saying he is looking forward to “an even bigger Strikeforce event on Showtime early next year.”

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6 COMMENTS
  • Lord Faust says:

    If you’re just finding this out now, then you probably know what it’s like to be a Strikeforce fighter.

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  • MCM says:

    Somebody needs to just put the organization down. This is too fucking painful. If I was an SF fighter, the first thing I’d do today is start looking into getting out of my contract. I’d also be looking to see how many fights I’ve been contracted for per year and use that as leverage to walk away.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    *plays a funeral dirge*

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    Even if they were losing some money on their events SOME money was coming in, now with one show for almost 12 months with no revenue, I would be surprised if we don’t read about end of SF before next event takes place.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    SF started its slow death the minute Fedor tapped to Werdum and was fitted for its coffin when BIgfoot smashed Fedor.

    Entire promotion was planned around Fedor smashing everyone and being the unbeatable can smasher he was in Japan. When he choked on American soil SF didn’t have a plan B.

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  • AlphaOmega says:

    That’s the same thing that happened to Elite XC, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket, they were also seriously banking on Gina to smash everyone, and then once she started doing American Gladiators her drive wasn’t there and here comes Cyborg, so there went one more egg out of the basket.

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