Double Trouble: Herschel Walker is not alone, as Valentijn Overeem pulls out of Strikeforce St. LouisPosted on November 28, 2010, 10:25 AM by Anton Gurevich
Only a few days after the former NFL superstar Herschel Walker pulled out of the fight against Scott Carson, it was Alistair Overeem's brother turn to disappoint. Valentijn Overeem (28-25 in MMA) was forced to withdraw from Heavyweight bout against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva due to an injury. MMAWeekly:
Valentijn Overeem, brother of Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, is injured and will be unable to fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva as planned on the Dec. 4 fight card on Showtime, said MMAWeekly.com sources. The nature of the injury was not disclosed.
Later on, Sherdog.com revealed that Valentijn Overeem suffered from an elbow injury, currently waiting for the X-Rays to study its sevirity. The news are a huge setback for Strikeforce, who lose a second main card fight in just one week. Sergei Kharitonov looks like the most reasonable opponent to step up against Silva, as the two were rumored to fight at Strikeforce: Houston. But it's still unclear whether the Russian vet. will accept a fight against someone of Silva's caliber on a six-day notice.
Sergei Kharitonov is fighting Singh Jaideep at the K-1 Final event in Japan on December 11th, making him unavailable as a replacement for Antonio Silva. Shane Del Rosario, Lavar Johnson and Josh Barnett (highly unlikely) are the only remaining reasonable options at Scott Coker's disposal.
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