American Kickboxing Academy product Mike Kyle will step in to face Antonio Silva on Saturday’s “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu” event in San Jose.
Kyle replaces Valentijn Overeem, who pulled out of the fight last week with an elbow injury.
HeavyMMA.com confirmed the switch with a Strikeforce official on Monday afternoon. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie.
Kyle has competed mostly at light heavyweight this year, but will return to his original weight class to face Silva, who is considered a contender for Strikeforce’s heavyweight title. Since losing to Fabricio Werdum in August 2009, Kyle has put together a six-fight win streak.
Silva is coming off a win over Andrei Arlovski in May. His Strikeforce record stands at 1-1.
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