Strikeforce fighters receive pay

Fighters left in the lurch following the cancellation of “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy” will be compensated.

Jorge Gurgel, Pat Healy, Adriano Martins, Jorge Santiago, Josh Thomson and Yuri Villefort were among those confirmed to have been promised at least partial pay, and additional sources confirmed the promotion is planning to compensate all 19 athletes who were left without a fight.

The exact amount issued to each fighter was not disclosed, but sources told that many fighters received their contracted “show” money.

“I cannot give you amounts because the financials involved are private, but I can tell you that Zuffa is taking very good care of Jorge Santiago and Yuri Villefort,” said Authentic Sports Management publicist Jen Wenk in a statement.

Zuffa is the parent company of Strikeforce. The company cancelled the September 29 event when broadcast partner Showtime elected not to air it following the injury withdrawal of Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy.

The company was not required to pay fighters following the cancellation, which was announced on Saturday. Although they had signed bout agreements, bout contracts, which were issued by the athletic commission overseeing the event, the California State Athletic Commission, were not signed.

A rep for the CSAC on Monday told that bout contracts are typically issued and signed by the promotion, fighters and commission on the day of weigh-ins. In the event of a cancellation 24 hours prior to an event, a promoter is required to give “reasonable compensation” to fighters out of work.

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