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Tuesday, 09/25/2012, 05:46 pm

Strikeforce: ‘Melendez vs Healy’ Fighters – Getting Paid Despite Cancellation

Parent company of Strikeforce, Zuffa canceled the Sept. 29 event when Showtime concluded not to air it following the injury of Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez.

The company plans to compensate all 19 athletes who were left without a fight.  Among the confirmed to have been promised at least partial pay are Pat Healy, Jorge Gurgel, Adriano Martins, Jorge Santiago, Josh Thomson and Yuri Villefort.

Authentic Sports Management publicist Jen Wenk stated

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“I cannot give you amounts because the financials involved are private, but I can tell you that Zuffa is taking very good care of Jorge Santiago and Yuri Villefort.”

No comment from Zuffa nor were they required to pay fighters following Saturday’s announced cancellation.  The California State Athletic Commision states:

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“Bout contracts are typically issued and signed by the promotion, fighters and commission on the day of weigh-ins. In the event of a cancellation 24 hours prior to an event, a promoter is required to give “reasonable compensation” to fighters out of work.”

Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy,” was canceled long before weigh-ins.  Making this the second time Zuffa reached into its pockets moreover its standard commitment and the second major event axed this month.

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