Strikeforce officials were left scrambling for a talented 205er this week after receiving word Mike Kyle would be forced to withdraw from his scheduled match-up with former light heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi after breaking his hand while training for the bout. The two had originally been set to face off next weekend at “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” as part of a stacked card featuring two title-fights in what was believed to be a battle for top contendership in the division.
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker broke the news on Thursday during a conference call with media to promote the event where it was also announced a replacement would be named as early as today.
The 30-year old had also broken his hand while serving as a last minute replacement against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva at “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2” in December though it wasn’t revealed if his current injury was related to the previous affliction.
The 18-8-1 Californian had gone 8-1 (with a No Contest) with the lone defeat coming to Fabricio Werdum and wins over Tony Lopez, Ron Humphrey, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Fourteen of his eighteen total victories have come as the result of striking.
Though fans will have to wait and see who Strikeforce comes up a logical replacement for Kyle seems to be 10-4 Ovince St. Preux given his seven consecutive wins and history of filling in at the last minute if necessary.
UPDATE: Five Ounces of Pain contacted a source close to St. Preux’s camp who said OSP had been offered the spot opposite Mousasi but declined given the short amount of preparation time.
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