According to MMAJunkie.com, comments that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker made that indicated a proposed bout between Antonio “Giant” Silva and Valentjin Overeem was off were made prematurely. Apparently, the bout is still planned to take place on the upcoming Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu card, and whatever issues were threatening the bout have been (or are close to being) resolved.
Antonio Silva is currently in the process of establishing himself as a legitimate contender in the Strikeforce heavyweight division. Despite looking for a fight with one of the promotion’s top heavyweights (Fabricio Werdum in a rematch, or Fedor Emelianenko) and the champion (Alistair Overeem), Silva will instead serve as welcoming committee to Valentjin Overeem, a talented fighter and the champion’s older brother. Silva has gone 1-1 in his past two fights, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to current number one contender Fabricio Werdum with a unanimous decision win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.
Dutch fighter Valentjin Overeem is a successful fighter with several notable victories, though he has not yet been able to reach the level of success that his younger brother and current Strikeforce heavyweight champion, Alistiar Overeem, has been able to. Overeem holds notable wins over Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Randy Couture, and notable losses to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Gilbert Yvel. He is currently 2-2 in his last four and is on a two-fight winning streak with his most recent two wins both coming via knockout.
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu is expected to take place this December 4th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.