If Strikeforce sought a replacement for injured lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez it appears the organization didn’t try very hard. Melendez’s condition caused him to withdraw from a September 29 show, leaving Strikeforce without half of a main event and ultimately resulting in the card’s cancellation. However, at least one man was open to stepping up on short notice and face Pat Healy, Melendez’s original opponent.
Josh Thomson, who previously held the promotion’s lightweight title and nearly re-claimed it earlier this year, went on Twitter to say he’d volunteered his services to fill the vacancy opposite Pat Healy but was refused by the powers that be.
“I offered to fight Healy, 3 or 5 (round) fight,” posted Thomson. “(Healy) is a champion. He woulda fought me to save the event and integrity of the sport.”
Thomson was also scheduled for action at the since-scrapped show, meaning he was in shape and ready to go had he been given a green-light from Strikeforce/Showtime executives. Though things may not have worked out for this weekend, “The Punk” made it clear he would face Healy next month if necessary, perhaps hinting at the severity of Melendez’s injury in the process as well.
“Maybe we can make an interim title match between us for the Nov 3rd show. If you’re down, I’m down,” wrote Thomson. While it’s unknown if Strikeforce is interested in booking such a bout, or if it is necessary in relation to Melendez’s health, Healy is certainly open to the idea too, responding, “Read my mind.”
Strikeforce has yet to reveal their specific plan for the fighters who were left looking for a new date/show with the axing of Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy.
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