Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

For the second time in a month, Zuffa, LLC has been forced to cancel a show. This time, the injury bug has taken a bite out of reigning Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez (Pictured).

The mixed marital arts promotion didn’t report what wound forced Melendez out of Saturday’s event, only that “El Nino” suffered the injury during training.  Melendez was set to defend his throne against Pat Healy.

While Strikeforce wanted to forge ahead without Melendez, Showtime decided to pull the plug when the card’s biggest superstar had to bow out.

“When Showtime informed us that it would not be airing the event, we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s card in Sacramento,” said Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker. “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.”

Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California was to host the festivities.

Exactly one month ago, the Ultimate Fighting Championship canceled UFC 151 after light heavyweight king Jon Jones refused to accept a last-second scrap to face Chael Sonnen. Uncle Chael was stepping in for Dan Henderson, who had blown the MCL in his knee two weeks prior to the announcement.

Here are the athletes who were expected to participate in the event:

Preliminary Card:

(Showtime Extreme 8PM ET/PT)

Estevan Payan vs. Michael Bravo

Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Yuri Villefort

Mike Kyle vs. Dion Staring

Cat Zigano vs. Amanda Nunes

Jorge Gurgel vs. Mizuto Hirota

Main Card:

(Showtime 10PM ET/PT)

Quinn Mulhern vs. Jorge Santiago

Isaac Vallie-Flagg vs. Adriano Martins

Josh Thomson vs. Caros Fodor

Carlos Augusto Filho vs. Gian Villante

Pat Healy vs. Gilbert Melendez (Strikeforce lightweight champion)

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