Sara McMann latest casualty of Strikeforce’s Nov. 3 card

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

MMAjunkie – Strikeforce’s next scheduled card continues to be slammed with injuries.

The latest is Sara McMann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 SF), who has been forced out of a fight with Liz Carmouche (7-2 MMA, 2-2 SF). MMAWeekly.com first reported the news, which MMAjunkie.com subsequently confirmed with sources close to the event.

Strikeforce’s next show is set for November 3rd, though the event now is without three major fights, including the main and co-main events, due to injury.

“Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir” was to take place at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. But the main event heavyweight bout between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir was canceled thanks to a Mir injury. Cormier still awaits an injury replacement for the show, which is less than a month away.

And just Sunday, co-main event middleweight champion Luke Rockhold was reported out of his title defense against Lorenz Larkin, leaving the show even more in a lurch. McMann is the latest casualty. Her fight with Carmouche was likely to take place on the Showtime-broadcast main card, with the winner putting herself in position for a possible shot at women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

Strikeforce just this past month was forced to cancel its September 29th show in Sacramento, California, when Gilbert Melendez was forced out of his lightweight title defense against Pat Healy. The November 3rd card now appears to be at least in dire straits, if not absolute jeopardy as the days continue to tick away, now minus three major fights.

McMann, an Olympic silver medal winner in wrestling, was to make her Strikeforce debut on the strength of six straight wins to open her career. She recently headlined Invicta FC 2 against Shayne Baszler and won by unanimous decision. On the same show, Carmouche submitted Kaitlin Young.

There is no word on whether Carmouche will remain on the card, or if the entire fight will be pulled.

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