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Bobby Lashley Announces Return, Unbeknownst To Strikeforce

Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Bobby Lashley tweeted news of his December return today, writing, “I’m so happy to say I will be fighting again Dec. 10 or 11. I will have all the details within the next few days.” However, it was quickly noticed that the dates he mentioned were not on the upcoming Strikeforce events schedule. spoke with Lashley, who dropped a TKO to Chad Griggs this past August, about the news and about his motivation to return.

“I have to stay busy after my last fight,” Lashley said. “This year has been tough with the injuries I’ve had; plus I got mono. I’ve started back with my training and there have been a couple of fights come up that I’ve given a thumbs up to, and I’ve tentatively got a fight scheduled. It’s December 10th or 11th, but I have to wait on saying who it’s with. There’s two different organizations that I’m talking to. I have to get out there and fight. I asked Strikeforce for a rematch (with Griggs), but I’m not sure if it’s in the works.”

Sherdog also contacted Scott Coker, who denied having any knowledge of Lashley’s early December bout and expressed a desire to receive an approval request from the former pro-wrestler (and all other Strikeforce fighters) before competing on other shows; he also pointed out that Lashley currently has no more fights on his existing contract. For his part, Lashley told Sherdog that the last thing he wants to do is disturb his relationship with Strikeforce.

“I don’t really know what’s in my contract,” said Lashley. “The last thing I want to do is do something to violate my contract. After my last fight, I owe it to Scott Coker and to the world to come back stronger.”