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Former champion pulls out of a fight in 2012, and as a result, the promotion is forced to cancel a fight card. I'm not talking about Dan Henderson again. This time, the man in question is heavyweight Frank Mir.
Originally scheduled for a November 3 clash, Mir, a UFC mainstay, was crossing into enemy territory to face Daniel Cormier on a Strikeforce event. That is, until Mir backed out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury.
Without a suitable replacement for the fallen Mir, Strikeforce was forced to cancel their second consecutive card, which led to the promotion's shutdown only two months later.
Say what you want about the inevitable demise of Strikeforce, but a cross-promotional superfight between Cormier and Mir would have undoubtedly provided the type of ratings boost that could have convinced Showtime to continue their relationship with the brand.
Just like you can't blame a missing life raft for a ship sinking, it's not fair to say that this injury caused the death of Strikeforce. However, without that life raft, those on the ship were doomed.