An opponent has been found for heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum as he’ll take on Mike Kyle at Strikeforce’s August 15 event in San Jose, California, according to MMAjunkie.
Werdum had been slated to fight heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem at the Showtime-televised event before he was forced to withdraw last month due to a lingering hand injury.
The PRIDE veteran Werdum (11-4-1) became a heavyweight contender in the UFC following back-to-back wins over Gabriel Gonzaga and Brandon Vera, but was cut following a knockout loss to up-and-comer Junior dos Santos last October and has not fought since.
Kyle (12-6-1), a former UFC fighter best known for being disqualified in a May 2006 WEC fight for continuing to attack his opponent after the referee had stopped the bout, upset Rafael Cavalcante in his most-recent fight in June via second-round knockout.
The Werdum-Kyle matchup is unlikely to make the Showtime broadcast unless several of the four scheduled championship bouts end quickly.
The event’s current rumored lineup includes:
- Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos
Strikeforce Women’s 145-pound Championship
- Gilbert Melendez (c) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida
Strikeforce Interim Lightweight Championship
- Renato “Babalu” Sobral (c) vs. Gegard Mousasi
Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship
- Nick Diaz vs. Jay Hieron
Strikeforce Welterweight Championship
- Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Kyle
- Isaiah Hill vs. Poppies Martinez
- Ricardo Barros vs. Scott Lighty
- James Terry vs. Jason Von Flue
Pictured: Fabricio Werdum