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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