While it appeared Strikeforce nearly gave fight-fans an early present in honor of the holiday season, undefeated welterweight Tyron Woodley will not be competing at this Saturday night in St. Louis at “Strikeforce – Henderson vs. Babalu” after all.
Though Five Ounces of Pain confirmed the the possible addition earlier today, it has since been reported plans to use him have been scrapped by Sherdog.
The bout would have been a homecoming of sorts for Woodley, as he resides in the St. Louis area and graduated from the University of Missouri. The 28-year old is 7-0 thus far in his career and has finished six of his opponents, including a knockout of Andre Galvao in less than two minutes this past October when they fought at “Strikeforce – Diaz vs. Noons 2”.
Woodley’s match-up would no doubt have been a welcome sight for fans who recently learned both Herschel Walker and the debuting Valentijn Overeem had withdrawn from this weekend’s card due to injury.
However, in addition to the officially-added bout between Benji Radach and Ovince St. Preux, the event features PRIDE/UFC veteran Dan Henderson seeking a win against former promotional 205-pound champ Renato “Babalu” Sobral, as well as British striker Paul Daley fighting Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith, Olympic silver-medalist Matt Lindland testing the all-around skills of hard-hitting Robbie Lawler, and ATT-trained Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva taking on 18-7-1 stand-up specialist Mike Kyle.
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