Former WWE and TNA Wrestling star-turned MMA heavyweight contender Bobby Lashley’s fighting return will be announced by Strikeforce during a media conference in Houston next Tuesday, July 13th.
It will be revealed during the conference that Lashley will return to action in the cage after a brief hiatus due to injury at the August 21st Strikeforce event at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Lashley will be part of a stacked card scheduled to feature two world title fights that will air live on the Showtime network.
Lashley’s last fight was a TKO victory over Ultimate Fighter 10 veteran and former UFC heavyweight prospect Wes "The Project" Sims back in January of this year. That first round stoppage for Lashley increased his perfect pro-MMA record to 5-0, with four of the five victories coming by KO, TKO or submission – only one going the distance.
Headlining the 8/21 card will be Strikeforce light heavyweight champion "King" Mohammed Lawal (aka King Mo) making the first defense of his newly won title as he tests his skills against the highly regarded Rafael Feijao.
The other championship fight on the night will be for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title. The match will feature top contenders Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza vs. Tim Kennedy for the belt that was vacated by former champion Jake Shields, who successfully defended the strap against MMA legend Dan Henderson before letting his contract expire to move on to greener pastures in the UFC.
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Originally Strikeforce had planned to hold a middleweight tournament to crown the new 185-pound champion, but the company opted to go with Jacare-Kennedy for the title instead, with the winner of the still-planned tourney to earn an immediate title shot at whomever comes out victorious on 8/21.
All of this and more will be officially announced to the public this coming Tuesday, July 13 at a big Strikeforce media conference at the 1994 Championship Room at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, the site the actual event will be held on 8/21. Scheduled for the media conference on Tuesday are Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker, as well as King Mo, Bobby Lashley, Tim Kennedy and K.J. Noons.
Ticket pre-sales will be available from Tuesday, July 13 — Thursday, July 15. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 16. For pre-sale information, check out Strikeforce.com/insider.html. For general public tickets, visit ToyotaCenterTix.com or call 1-866-4-HOU-TIX. Tickets will also be available at the Toyota Center Box Office starting Monday, July 19.
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