Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley will return to the organization against an opponent to-be-announced at Strikeforce: Houston next month. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound former collegiate wrestling star for Missouri Valley College who competed in the WWE from 2005 to 2006 feels that he is a much different fighter than when he made his MMA debut in December 2008.
“I think I’ve progressed well,” said Lashley at yesterday’s Strikeforce: Houston press conference. “The Bobby Lashley who fought my first fight is completely different from Bobby Lashley now.”
Lashley was originally scheduled to fight Ron Sparks at Strikeforce: Los Angeles last month, but was pulled from the card after suffering a knee injury.
“I’m anxious to get back out there,” Lashley noted. “I had a little setback and when I finally got cleared. I called [Strikeforce CEO Scott] Coker and begged him to be on this card.”
In his last fight and Strikeforce debut, Lashley, 33, scored a first round TKO over Wes Sims at Strikeforce: Miami on January 30, 2010. Prior to that, the former professional wrestling superstar pulverized the 6-foot-5, 350-plus pound goliath Bob Sapp. Lashley explained that despite being 5-0, he is not ready to be compared to the other heavyweights in Strikeforce… yet.
“As far as comparing myself to the other heavyweights, we’ll see real soon,” said Lashley. “I’ll have opportunities to fight those guys in the next year.”
Strikeforce Houston: King Mo vs. Feijao will take place on August 21, 2010 from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.