The Nov. 3 event, which was set to take place at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla., was canceled by the organization and television partners Showtime due to a significant amount of injuries that plagued the card, which at one point was to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir.
“Due to a series of injuries, we were forced to cancel the upcoming card on Nov. 3, but are already working to put together a stacked card in January,” Strikeorce CEO Scott Coker said in a press release sent out by the organization.
In the same press release sent out by Strikeforce officials on Friday afternoon, it was stated that the organization’s next event will take place in January of 2013, five months after the last Strikeforce event, which took place Aug. 18 in San Diego.
Strikeforce and Showtime also canceled a Sept. 29 event that was to take place in Sacramento, Calif., after headlined Gilbert Melendez was forced to withdraw from his bout against Pat Healy just days before the event.
When event headliner Frank Mir and co-main event fighter Luke Rockhold both pulled out of the Nov. 3 event due to injuries, the card was seen as in jeopardy. Now the organization has officially canceled the event.
Announced bouts for the Nov. 3 event are scrapped and the fighters will be rebooked for the future.
“While we’re disappointed with the cancellation, we are looking forward to an even bigger Strikeforce event on Showtime early next year,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Showtime Sports.
Refunds for tickets purchased are available at point of sale.