Bobby Lashley Signs With Strikeforce, Set To Debut Jan 30

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Updated: December 10, 2009

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) heavyweight champion and undefeated mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter has signed a multi-year agreement with STRIKEFORCE and will make his debut for the world championship MMA promotion at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, January 30.

The 6 foot 3 inch, 250 pound Lashley, also a former collegiate wrestling star for Missouri Valley College and member of The United States Army, will face an opponent that has not yet been determined during the live, SHOWTIME® telecast of STRIKEFORCE: Miami, the historic, first-ever STRIKEFORCE event in the state of Florida.

In his last MMA start on June 27, 2009, the 33-year-old pulverized and scored a first round (3:17) TKO on 6 foot 5 inch, 350 plus pound goliath Bob “The Beast” Sapp with a barrage of punches in Biloxi, Mississippi. The win brought Lashley’s overall MMA record to 4-0.

“I’m looking forward to fighting for STRIKEFORCE and challenging myself by taking on some of the top heavyweights in MMA,” said Lashley, a native of Junction City, Kansas and resident of Denver, Colorado.

After getting his feet wet with several matches in both the WWE Raw and SmackDown! shows in 2005 and 2006, Lashley captured the WWE United States Championship by defeating rival competitor “JBL.” During this stint with the league and another in 2007, Lashley wrestled several top superstars, including The Big Show and John Cena.

Lashley made his MMA debut on December 13, 2008, earning a 41 second TKO over Joshua Franklin after Franklin sustained a cut that would not allow him to continue their fight.

Earlier this year, Lashley joined Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling. In his first appearance with the league on July 30, he helped tag team matchup partner Mick Foley defeat superstars Kurt Angle and Kevin Nash.

8 Comments

  1. tom

    December 11, 2009 at 12:42 am

    i think Booby did the right move signing with strike force

  2. T.R.

    December 11, 2009 at 1:27 am

    yeah, it'll be interesting to see him fight ppl like: werdum, big foot, and rogers.

    If he makes great progress then a match with Fedor would sell a lot of tickets.

  3. TartanTorpedo

    December 11, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Interesting move. He's also with TNA wrestling right? so that would have ruled him out of joining the UFC anyway i would have thought.

    He must be on a fair wad of cash doing both pro wrestling and now StrikeForce as well. It will be interesting to see if he can concentrate on both.

  4. Hall

    December 11, 2009 at 3:43 am

    bobby lashley would kill brock lesner easy.

  5. Hall is dumb

    December 11, 2009 at 3:47 am

    And you base that off what what? Competiton faced, more advanced wrestling, titles owned, organization he's in??? Dumb comment again Hall!

  6. BigJon

    December 11, 2009 at 8:42 am

    hahahahah hall your a retard man lashley has like half the reach brock has, weighs 255 at the most, has way worse wrestling than brock, and couldnt even put away fat guida who holds a losing record. and might i add it took him forever to even get a takedown on guida. jesus man think before you write you dumb shit hahahaha

    with lesnars reach and lashleys reach also adding in their wrestling abilities it would be the heavyweight version of sherk vs gsp and we all know who dominated that fight

  7. Tico

    December 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

    This is not TV "Wrestling" where one opponent twists the others arm around ten times and slaps him on the chest.

    I am anxious to see how Lashley and Walker do vs. MMA Athletes, perhaps they will be as successful as Lesnar.

    MMA is truly broadening and thats a very good thing, although I do not think that a Heavyweight should climb beyond a 25 pound difference from a competitor. Fighters of these huge weights should be defined a "Super Heavy's" or something…

  8. Shogun of Harlem

    December 12, 2009 at 3:43 am

    i think before Bobby would even fight Lesner Bobby should be subject to many drug tests.

    Anyone that thinks he is natural is just clueless.

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