Strikeforce has been trying to keep its head above water since its September 29th cancellation of Strikeforce’s Melendez vs. Healy card. When Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez had to withdraw from the card’s headlining title fight due to a separated shoulder, Strikeforce scrapped the card altogether.
Following that news, UFC Heavyweight Frank Mir had to pull out of the main event on the November 3rd fight against Strikeforce Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament Champion Daniel Cormier citing an injury. Cormier is one of the last heavyweights remaining in Strikeforce, this was to be his last fight with the promotion before heading to the UFC. Since Mir withdrew, no opponent has been found for Cormier.
Additionally, Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com on Sunday, that he’d suffered a wrist injury and would have to withdraw from his title defense against Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event on the Nov. 3rd card. To make matters even worse, women’s bantamweight prospect, Sara McMann was struck by the injury bug and had to withdraw from her fight against Liz Carmouche on the card. News of her injury came by way of MMAWeekly.com and was confirmed by the promotion with MMAJunkie.com on Monday.
AXS TV’s Kenny Rice reported on Monday night’s edition of Inside MMA that they’ve received word that Showtime may be ending their relationship with Strikeforce. Their report stated:
“Inside MMA has heard from multiple sources that the relationship between Strikeforce and Showtime may be coming to an end. We are being told that the November 3rd event is in serious jeopardy, and there’s a strong possibility that Showtime will no longer broadcast Strikeforce events. This could very possibly signify the end of the Strikeforce brand. Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa in March of 2011. We have yet to receive any word from either Showtime or Strikeforce as this development continues.”
Officials from Strikeforce and Showtime have neither officially confirmed, nor denied AXS TV’s report according to MMAMania.com.
Though three main fights on the November 3rd card have been affected by injury, there is no word what the fate is of that card that’s supposed to take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.