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Mike “MAK’’ Kyle replaces injured Valentijn Overeem against “Big Foot” Silva this Saturday in St. Louis, on SHOWTIME.
Streakingstar Mike “MAK’’ Kyle (18-7) will replace the injured Valentijn Overeem and take on former Heavyweight World Champion Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva (14-2) of Coconut Creek, Florida, by way of Brazil, in one of the featured televised fights on STRIKEFORCE: Henderson vs. Babalu this Saturday, December 4th, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Overeem, the older brother of STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Champion, withdrew Saturday after suffering an elbow injury.
Legendarysuperstar Dan Henderson (25-8) of Temecula, California, will clash with former STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight World Champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral (36-8) of Cerritos, California, via Brazil, in a rematch between world-class 205-pounders in the main event.
Other televised fights: Paul “Semtex’’ Daley (25-9-2) of Nottingham, England, confronts Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith (17-7, 1 NC), of Elk Grove, California, in a matchup of power-punching welterweights (170 pounds) and former world champion and exciting local favorite “Ruthless” Robbie Lawler (17-6, 1 NC), of Granite City, goes up against 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist Matt “The Law” Lindland (22-7) of Oregon City, Oregon, in a middleweight (185 pounds) bout.
Tickets are on sale at Scottrade Center, online at Ticketmaster.com and Strikeforce.com, or by phone (800) 745-3000. Doors at Scottrade Center will open for the event at 6 p.m. CT. The first preliminary bout will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the first televised main card fight will begin at 9 p.m.
The 6-foot-3, 30-year-old Kyle, of San Jose, California, has gone 5-0 with one No Contest since losing to Fedor conqueror, Fabricio Werdum, on August 15, 2009. In his last start, Kyle scored a first-round TKO (punches) over Stephen Oliver on November 5th.
Since April 2008, Kyle is 8-1 with one NC. One of the talented nine-year pro’s most significant triumphs came on a second-round TKO (punches) over current STRIKEFORCE Light Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao’’ Cavalcante in June 2009.
In his last appearance for STRIKEFORCE on SHOWTIME, Kyle submitted (rear-naked choke) Ron “Abongo’’ Humphrey during a STRIKEFORCE Challengers event last July 23rd.
The 6-foot-4, 31-year-old Silva has won seven of his last eight, including a decisive, lopsided decision over formerheavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski in his most recent outing last May 15th.
Silva’s lone loss since December 2006, came when he was narrowly outpointed in a tight fight by fellow Brazilian, Werdum, on November 7th, 2009.