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That's because "Hendo" is currently without a challenger to his freshly minted 205-pound title, as the bout to determine the number one contender has officially been scrapped. Mike Kyle has reportedly suffered a broken hand and has been forced to pull out of his fight against Gegard Mousasi at the upcoming "Diaz vs. Daley" event on April 9.
MMAFighting.com brought word of the bad news earlier today.
A search for a replacement is currently underway but whoever steps up to the plate, if anyone does, will have to do so on just 10 days notice.
Kyle can't seem to catch a break, as he also broke his hand during his second-round knockout loss to Antonio Silva back in December of last year.
That loss, which doesn't necessarily reflect on his standing at 205-pounds, as it was contested at heavyweight, was his first in six fights and didn't come before he put up one hell of a scrap, nearly finishing "Bigfoot" with a big right hand.
Mousasi has fought twice for DREAM since dropping the light heavyweight strap to "King Mo" Lawal in April of 2010, two first-round submission victories over Jake O'Brien and Tatsuya Mizuno, the latter of which earned him that promotion's 205-pound belt.
His quest to regain his Strikeforce title looks like it may be put on hold. Or maybe it will be sped up, considering the lack of options for Henderson.
Any thoughts on what the San Jose based promotion should do to repair its rapidly unraveling light heavyweight division?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for any updates to this story and the "Diaz vs. Daley" fight card.