Mike Kyle steps up to fight Antonio Silva at Strikeforce: St. LouisPosted on November 29, 2010, 02:29 PM by Anton Gurevich
Strikeforce have officially confirmed that Mike Kyle will step up to replace the injured Valentijn Overeem, facing Antonio Silva this Saturday at Strikeforce: St. Louis. Mike Kyle recently moved down to Light Heavyweight, going 3-0 by defeating Tony Lopez, Abongo Humphrey and Steve Oliver. Kyle weighed 219 pounds for his last Strikeforce fight as a Heavyweight, where he lost to Fabricio Werdum via a Guillotine Choke in Round 1.
Official Strikeforce Press Release:
Streaking STRIKEFORCE star Mike "Mak'' Kyle (18-7) will replace the injured Valentijn Overeem and take on former heavyweight world champion Antonio "Big Foot'' Silva (14-2) of Coconut Creek, Fla., by way of Brazil, 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® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
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.