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Gilbert Melendez injured, Strikeforce cancels Saturday's card

Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Calif. (May 19,

Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Calif. (May 19, 2012) Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin

An injury to lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has forced Strikeforce to cancel its entire fight card scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 in Sacramento, Calif., the company announced early Monday morning.

A press release was sent out shortly after 1 a.m. ET.

The statement said that Showtime declined to air the entire card once they heard about Melendez's injury. He was scheduled to defend his title against Pat Healy.

“When SHOWTIME informed us that it would not be airing the event, we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s card in Sacramento," Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said. “Without a television partner, we simply could not move forward with this event. We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this news on upcoming cards.”

Levittown's Gian Villante was also scheduled to fight Guto Inocente on the card.

This is the second cancelation of an entire card for a Zuffa property in the past month. The UFC canceled UFC 151 on Aug. 23 after Dan Henderson injured his knee and Jon Jones declined to fight replacement Chael Sonnen.  

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