Broken Hand forces Mike Kyle out of Gegard Mousasi match-upPosted on April 1, 2011, 12:29 AM by Joey Santosus
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight contender Mike Kyle has been forced to withdraw from next week's match-up against Gegard Mousasi due to a broken hand suffered in training.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed the news on Thursday.
The match-up was one of four main card bouts set for the April 9th Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley event and was expected to produce a number one contender for the newly crowned division champ Dan Henderson.
Kyle (18-8-1) was looking to get back on track after a TKO loss to Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in December. Prior to the defeat, the American Kickboxing Academy trained fighter was enjoying a six-fight unbeaten streak, including a split decision victory over Tony Lopez to capture the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight title.
Mousasi (30-3-1), meanwhile, quickly rebounded from his loss to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal last April, with victories over Jake O'Brien and Tatsuya Mizuno.
Strikeforce is yet to name a replacement for Kyle, but is expected to make an announcement shortly.
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is set to take place April 9th from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The stacked card will be headlined by a Welterweight title clash between division Champion Nick Diaz and challenger Paul Daley, while Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez is set to face Japanese stand-out Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event.
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