Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley (5-0) was slated to fight at Strikeforce: Nashville this Saturday, but it now appears that the former pro wrestling superstar will fight next in May or June after recently undergoing nasal surgery.
“We had hoped he was going to be on the card in the very beginning, and as we were getting closer to the fight, he had to have a surgery procedure, and I just don’t think the timing was right,” Strikeforce President Scott Coker told MMAWeekly.com. “He didn’t have a chance to go back to ATT and go train and do it properly because of his surgery procedure, so when I found out it was affecting his training we both felt maybe it was the best thing to pass.”
Lashley acknowledged that his training was going well, and was ready to return to the cage as soon as he is physically ready.
“Sorry for the delay in responding to all of you who are eager to see me fight again,” Lashley wrote on his Facebook page last month. “I will not be on the Strikeforce card in April, but my training is going very well and I’m fully prepared to step into the cage when the time is right. I will let you know as soon as my next fight is set!”
While no opponent has yet been discussed for Lashley, he told FightLine.com in an interview earlier last month that he would like to face someone with a strong ground game.
“I think I would like to fight someone that’s dangerous from the ground simply because I’m really confident on the ground as far as my wrestling ability,” Lashley told FightLine.com when asked on whom he would like to face next. “So I would like to be able to get on the ground with someone that has a little more of a ground game so I can’t just rely on it. Or maybe even someone that I can just stand up with.
“When you fight, some people just like to take any opponent at any time, and that’s good and everything, but I think I want someone that’s going to challenge me at different aspects of the game. ”
Strikeforce: Nashville will take place this Saturday from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The card will feature three championship bouts, with the main card being aired live on CBS. For the current card for the event, click here.