Valentijn Overeem Off CFA 11 Card, Travis Wiuff Stepping Into Fight Mike Kyle
By FCF Staff
Championship Fighting Alliance has announced that Valentijn Overeem has been forced to withdraw from his May 24th bout with Mike Kyle, due to a rib injury. Stepping into take his place on short notice will be UFC and Bellator vet Travis Wiuff.
“Everyone at CFA wishes Valentijn Overeem a fast recovery from the rib injury he incurred this week,” CFA CEO Jorge de la Noval was quoted saying in a press release. “He had to pull out of this fight, but fortunately we have found a replacement. I’m pleased to announce that Travis Wiuff has agreed to fight Mike Kyle and that the main event of CFA 11 is a now a rematch that both of these fighters have wanted for years. Their first fight in 2010 was ruled a no-contest and now, three years later, they finally have a chance to settle the score and to do it for all their fans live on AXS TV.”
Recently, there has also been footage circulating of Overeem reportedly competing at a April 27th, Pancrase Fighting Championship event in France. The video purportedly shows Overeem getting stopped by Konstantin Gluhov with a knee to the jaw.
Wiuff (68-17) will be looking to end a three fight losing streak he’s incurred while fighting under the Bellator and Abu Dhabi Warriors banner, after winning six straight.
Kyle (19-9-1) is coming off a submission loss to Gegard Mousasi at a Strikeforce event in January. The veteran is 3-1 with 1 no contest in his last five bouts.
Kyle and Wiuff fought at a King of the Cage event in February, 2010, but the bout was declared a no contest, after Wiuff was struck after the second round bell.
CFA 11 will be hosted by the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.