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UPDATE: Tyron Woodley not competing at “Strikeforce – Henderson vs. Babalu” after all

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have been a welcome sight for fans who recently learned both Herschel Walker and the debuting Valentijn Overeem had withdrawn from this weekend’s card due to injury.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.


  • Dufresne says:

    This card is pretty good, which just goes to make me even sadder that I almost didn’t even know when it was.
    This card has several fighters that are known for giving highlight reel fights, and I’ve yet to see a single reference to this card anywhere outside of MMA forums.

    And what the hell is up with scheduling fights with “TBA” less than a week before the card? Don’t you usually get both fighters to agree to a bout before you determine that they’re on the card? It just doesn’t make sense to me to schedule one guy and announce it and then try and find someone willing to fight him on short notice.

  • MCM says:

    Duf – TBA is on every Strikeforce card. That guy hasn’t missed a Strikeforce show in over 2 yrs. He’s a gamer too. I’ve seen him at HW, LHW, LW and now a catch weight of 180lbs. Outside of Joe Riggs, I’ve never seen any fighter compete in so many weight classes.

    hmmmm…….Joe Riggs? Wonder what he’s doing on Sat?

  • MCM says:

    Sorry TBA. I’m positive you’ll be on the next card.

  • matt says:

    This is why Strikeforce is a second tier promotion. It is 4 days before the fight card is schedule to take place and no fans and not even all of the MMA media know for sure who is fighting on the card. How can you properly promote your fighters and your brand when nobody even knows who is going to be fighting come fight night?

  • Rece Rock says:

    I think the guy that puts on regional pro wrestling cards with washed up old school wrestlers and weekend warriors at the HighSchool in my area has more of a clue on how to promote a fight card than SF… Thumbs up Coker, your a real gem.

  • Dufresne says:

    I just think it’s crazy that a promotion that is partnered with CBS and Showtime and has some of the best fighters in MMA today has a harder time getting fights made than an organization that relies on a weekly tournament setup and local talent to fill their cards. And even when they do get things set up early Bellator still manages to out promote them. Including when FSN decides I should watch backwoods retards talk about fishing half the time.


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