Zuffa compensated fighters set to compete at “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” in the wake of the event’s cancelation.
A lightweight bout between Caros Fodor and Josh Thomson is likely for “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” this September.
Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett, the headliners of Saturday’s Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix finale card, could be out as long as six months.
Josh Barnett ($200,000) and Gilbert Melendez ($175,000) were the two big money winners on Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose, Calif.
Gilbert Melendez got all he could handle from Josh Thomson in their trilogy bout Saturday, but he survived to win a split decision and retain the Strikeforce lightweight title.
All fighters for Saturday’s Strikeforce card in San Jose made weight on Friday, including main event heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Josh Barnett and lightweight title fighters Gilbert Melendez and Josh Thomson.
Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez has heard Josh Thomson injury rumors before their last two fights. He still expects a game opponent on May 19. The champ talks to HeavyMMA’s Duane Finley about next week’s title fight.
The lineup for the next Strikeforce show, May 19 in San Jose, Calif., has been finalized with 10 bouts – including the heavyweight tournament final between Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier.