A bout featuring heavyweights Mike Kyle and Wayne Cole has been scheduled to replace a postponed EliteXC welterweight title match between Jake Shields and Drew Fickett that had been planned for Saturday’s co-promoted card by Strikeforce and EliteXC.
Fickett will remain on the card against an unnamed opponent. His bout has been removed from the televised portion of the show, but could still air, time permitting. It is believed that Fickett needs to win the fight in order to guarantee a future title fight against Shields.
ProElite.com’s homepage initially listed the replacement bout as Cole vs. Mike Pyle, but this blog has since learned that the homepage report is not correct.
Kyle’s inclusion on the card will no doubt be met with controversy. He was just recently reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission after having been suspended following his WEC 20 bout against Brian Olsen in May of 2006.