|xraygex ||11-29-2010 11:22 AM |
Replacement Mike Kyle meets Antonio Silva at "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu"
Replacement Mike Kyle meets Antonio Silva at "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" | MMAjunkie.com
Mike Kyle (18-7-1 MMA, 2-2-1 SF) has stepped in as an injury replacement for Valentijn Overeem (28-25 MMA, 0-0 SF) and now meets heavyweight Antonio Silva (14-2 MMA, 1-1 SF) at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu" event.
MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) today confirmed the switch with multiple sources close to the show, including a Strikeforce official.
The fight is part of the Showtime-televised main card of the show, which takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Overeem was forced off the card this past week with an elbow injury.
Kyle carries a five-fight streak into the fight and 8-1 record (with one no-contest) during his past 10 fights. During that stretch, he scored a submission victory over Abongo Humphrey at Strikeforce Challengers 9. Recently, the UFC and WEC vet has competed at light heavyweight (and even won a 205-pound title in the Australian XMMA organization in his most recent bout), so Kyle literally faces a big challenge in 265-pound Silva.
Prior to the injury shuffle, Kyle was expected to take on former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi in a possible title-eliminator bout expected for February. It's unknown if Saturday's bout will change those plans.
Silva's most recent appearance resulted in a May decision win over Andrei Arlovski at "Strikeforce St. Louis: Heavy Artillery." The former and only EliteXC heavyweight champ originally was under consideration for a meeting with Fedor Emelianenko, but the matchup did not materialize. The former EliteXC champion has won seven of his past eight contests overall, and the lone loss came via decision to Fabricio Werdum at a November 2009 Strikeforce event.
For more on "Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu," stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.
|carbondioxide830 ||11-29-2010 11:25 AM |
i wish i could rep mike kyle lol.
|GL Jeff ||11-29-2010 11:29 AM |
Its a fairly decent replacement. But I dont expect much out of this fight, and I really hope SF doesnt try to sell Silva as a new contender if he wins.
|earle ||11-29-2010 11:31 AM |
I would assume Bigfoot has the better BJJ. Kyle could test his chin though, he's fast and powerful, and he used to fight at HW.
|Xanatos ||11-29-2010 11:32 AM |
CAN WE PLEASE SEE ONE OF THEIR TOP HEAVYWEIGHTS FIGHT ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR TOP HEAVYWEIGHTS? PLEASE? PLEEAAAAASE? k sorry for yelling. but fuck.
I understand Undereeem is injured and this is a replacement, but seriously, i'm getting pissed off.
|ckauffman28 ||11-29-2010 11:36 AM |
same ol thing... going against TUF they had a nice shot at putting on a great card but only thing im even somewhat interested in is sobral/hendo
|WileyThaOne ||11-29-2010 11:43 AM |
im going with bigfoot tko
|Fedorlei Gomipierre ||11-29-2010 12:30 PM |
Wow, pretty marked jump up in competition or as I like to call it, "The Revenge of Justin Eilers".
|Sakara=Excitement ||11-29-2010 12:41 PM |
Kyle scores the upset in this. Bookmark my words.
|carbondioxide830 ||11-29-2010 12:43 PM |
^^ oh i can def. see pyle getting the KO win
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