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Mike Kyle Replaces Valentijn Overeem Against Antonio Silva This Saturday

Mike “Mak” Kyle (18-7) will replace the injured Valentijn Overeem and take on former EliteXC world heavyweight champion Antonio “Big Foot” Silva (14-2) in one of the featured televised fights on Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu this Saturday, Dec. 4, at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, live on SHOWTIME.

Overeem, the older brother of STRIKEFORCE heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, withdrew Saturday after suffering an elbow injury.

The 6-foot-3, 30-year-old Kyle, of San Jose, Calif., has gone 5-0 with one No Contest since losing to Fedor conqueror, Fabricio Werdum, on Aug. 15, 2009. In his last start, Kyle scored a first-round TKO (punches) over Stephen Oliver on Nov. 5. 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 23.

The 6-foot-4, 31-year-old Silva has won seven of his last eight, including a decisive, lopsided decision over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski in his most recent outing last May 15. Silva’s lone loss since December 2006 came when he was narrowly outpointed in a tight fight by fellow Brazilian, Werdum, on Nov. 7, 2009.

Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu is going down this Saturday, December 4th at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri and will feature bouts between Dan Henderson and “Babalu” Sobral, Robbie Lawler and Matt Lindland and Paul Daley vs. Scott Smith.