With only four days remaining until showtime, Strikeforce has once again finalized the roster for Saturday’s “Henderson vs. Babalu II” event inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
The San Jose, California based promotion has been in scramble mode over the last several days. After Herschel Walker was forced out of his co-main event scrap with Scott Carson on Thanksgiving Eve, Antonio Silva’s heavyweight battle with Valentijn Overeem was then promoted to the night’s new co-featured contest.
Unfortunately, Overeem was stung by the injury bug just three days later and had to withdraw. Although Mike Kyle stepped up on less than five days notice to make this Saturday’s appointment, Strikeforce felt his bout with Silva didn’t warrant second-to-last billing status.
It appears the welterweight shootout between Scott Smith and Paul Daley will now play lead-in for Dan Henderson vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral Part II.
Instead of finding a heavyweight replacement for Carson, MMAJunkie is reporting he has been removed from the event and a light heavyweight brawl featuring Benji Radach and Ovince St. Preux has been added to the televised portion of the Showtime broadcast.
Here is the complete roster for Saturday’s end of the year extravaganza:
Ben Brown vs. J.W. Wright
Lee Brousseau vs. Mike Glenn
Fernando Bettega vs. Wayne Phillips
Justin Lawrence vs. Max Martytniouk
Terrell Brown vs. Patrick Cummins
Benji Radach vs. Ovince St. Preux
Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva vs. Mike Kyle
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
Scott Smith vs. Paul Daley
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Dan Henderson (Light Heavyweight Bout)