Less than a week after losing the novelty of former NFL great Herschel Walker’s second bout in the cage, Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 has suffered another blow.
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.
The bout was to be Valentijn’s Strikeforce debut. He is currently on a two-fight winning streak, and was expected to be a strong addition to the promotion’s heavyweight class.
Silva, after losing to Fabricio Werdum at the end of 2009, surely wants to remain on the fight card and build on the momentum he started with a win over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in May.
Strikeforce has a strong roster of heavyweights, but with the bout being just one week away coupled with strong rumors of an upcoming heavyweight tournament, it sounds as if there aren’t too many fighters suitable for the Showtime telecast willing to step in on such short notice to face a fighter the caliber of Silva.
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2 features former Pride champion Dan Henderson fighting former Strikeforce champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the main event. The card also features a strong support cast featuring Matt Lindland against Robbie Lawler and Paul Daley facing Scott Smith.