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

  1. ryan says:

    wow this makes ufc look rly bad

  2. james says:

    How? Zuffa owns strikeforce now, if anything they are trying to make up for what happen to ufc 151. Most these guys make a living off of fighting, so i guess they changed the rules alittle.

  3. Not You says:

    I fail to see how the cancellation of a Stirkeforce event should have any effect on ye image of the UFC.

  4. Devilock138 says:

    Both organizations are owned by Zuffa. UFC 151 was cancelled and all the fighters got nothing, except for perhaps a spot on a later card. Strikeforce cancelled and decided to pay the fighters. The public may not know that they are both owned by Zuffa so look at these as competing organizations. I just think they are learning lessons from the last cancellation, but the main lesson should be to create cards that are good top to bottom so that you don’t have to cancel if 1 guy gets injured.

  5. Mayor of Deviance says:

    Cmon. It’s Strikeforce. That basically rebuts everything you said. They can’t make a stacked card that doesn’t rely on one fight. And the general public not knowing Zuffa owns both? The general public doesn’t know both. They only know the UFC. Sad but true.

    Glad these guys got compensated.

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