Resurgent American Kickboxing Academy representative Mike Kyle
(Pictured) will lock horns with former EliteXC heavyweight champion
Silva in a featured matchup at Strikeforce “Henderson vs.
Babalu 2” this Saturday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Strikeforce officials on Monday made Sherdog.com aware of the
Kyle replaces Valentijn
Overeem, who withdrew from the event with an elbow injury.
Based in San Jose, Calif., Kyle will carry a four-fight winning
streak into the match. The 30-year-old last appeared at an Xtreme
MMA show on Nov. 5, when he stopped Stephen
Oliver on first-round punches at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports
Centre in Sydney, Australia. A potent finisher, Kyle has delivered
12 of his 18 career victories by knockout or technical knockout,
including a June 2009 upset of reigning Strikeforce light
heavyweight champion Rafael
“Feijao” Cavalcante. He owns a 2-2-1 mark inside
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Silva has not competed since he earned a
unanimous decision over former UFC heavyweight king Andrei
Arlovski at Strikeforce “Heavy Artillery” in May. A black belt
in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the 31-year-old has won seven of
his last eight fights, losing only to the world-ranked Fabricio
Werdum in that span. In 16 professional appearances, Silva has
been finished only once.
A light heavyweight showdown between two-time Olympian Dan
Henderson and Renato “Babalu”
Sobral will headline Strikeforce’s year-end event, along with a
middleweight tilt pairing former EliteXC champion Robbie
Lawler with 2000 Olympic silver medalist Matt