Strikeforce officials today confirmed that Mike Kyle (12-6-1) has agreed to return to the heavyweight division on short notice to face Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1) on the August 15 "Carano vs. Cyborg" card after original opponent Alistair Overeem was forced to withdraw due to a nagging hand injury.
The news comes just one day after Strikeforce planned to scrap the Werdum bout altogether after a suitable replacement could not be found.
Kyle is no stranger to filling in for injured opponents. He recently replaced the banged-up Jared Hamman against Rafael Cavalcante on the undercard of "Lawler vs. Shields" on June 6, knocking "Feijao" senseless in the second round of their light heavyweight contest.
It was the third appearance for "MAK" under the Strikeforce banner, who also spent time mixing it up in the UFC and WEC. His last appearance under Zuffa’s sister-promotion saw him suspended for nearly two years after being DQ’d for illegal kicks and punches and then striking his opponent after the bell at "Cinco de Mayhem" back in May 2006.
Werdum will be making his first appearance with Strikeforce after going 2-2 in the UFC following his April 2007 debut. After losing a cautious slapfest against Andrei Arlovski at UFC 70, Werdum put together two straight TKO victories over Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera, only to get bounced from the promotion when he was upset (and uppercut) by out-of-the-blue bruiser Junior Dos Santos.
Strikeforce: "Carano vs. Cyborg" will feature a 145-pound title fight between female fighting sensation Gina "Conviction" Carano and her nemesis Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos as well as a 170-pound scrap between Nick Diaz and Jay Hieron for the newly-created welterweight championship.
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