According to reports, Valentijn Overeem will be forced to pull out of his heavyweight scrap against Antonio “Big Foot” Silva exactly one week before showtime. Sources close to the situation confirmed the news with MMAWeekly Saturday evening, however weren’t able to verify the nature of his injury.
If the unfortunate scoop holds true, it will mark the second co-main event in three days to be scratched from “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II.” Earlier this week, NFL great Herschel Walker was forced to bow out of his 265-pound battle with Scott Carson with an eye laceration.
Valentijn, the younger brother of Strikeforce heavyweight king Alistair, holds a mundane 28-23 mark, but has won his last two fights in a combined time of 47 seconds. The December 4th event would have marked his debut for the San Jose, California-based promotion.
Silva holds an impressive 14-2 record and has won seven of his last eight scraps, including a lopsided decision over former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski in his last outing this past May.
Although Strikeforce has access to a bevy of heavyweight talent, it’s highly unlikely anyone would accept a fight against the talented Brazilian on such short notice. The safe bet would suggest they hold Big Foot out until their next major card, which has been rumored for March 2011 and is SUPPOSED to feature Fedor Emelianenko and an opponent of M-1 Global’s choosing.
“Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II” takes place December 4th inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Former Pride champ Dan Henderson meets Renato “Babalu” Sobral in the card’s featured contest.
It’s likely the welterweight battle between Scott Smith and Strikeforce rookie Paul Daley will become the new co-main event.
Here is the revised roster for the Showtime broadcast:
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
Antonio “Big Foot’’ Silva vs. TBD
Scott Carson vs. TBD
Robbie Lawler vs. Matt Lindland
Scott Smith vs. Paul Daley
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Dan Henderson (Light Heavyweight Bout)