The shoulder injury Gilbert Melendez suffered in September served as a catalyst in the cancellation of a Strikeforce event he was scheduled to defend his lightweight title on, as Showtime opted against airing the card based on his lack of involvement. Unfortunately, it now appears as though the same issue may knock him off a January lineup as well.
Melendez’s father (and manager) spoke about the champion’s health in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie, saying things were still up in the air as “El Nino” was still in the process of recovering from the affliction.
“There’s no definite yes. It all depends if his body is healing on time as we anticipate,” said Gilbert Melendez Sr.
The 2013 show will mark Strikeforce’s first effort since August after also axing an event slated for November based on a number of notable names dropping off due to injury. It is expected to be one of the most stacked shows in the promotion’s history, featuring multiple title-fights as well as an appearance from unbeaten heavyweight Daniel Cormier.
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