According to Sherdog.com, former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley will no longer be facing James Jack next Friday at Titan Fighting Championships 17 as was originally scheduled, but will now be taking on John Ott, as Jack is apparently pulling a no-show.
Titan FC’s top dog, Joe Kelly, issued a statement to the press concerning the opponent change and Jack’s disappearance from the card.
“We had an agreement with Jack to fight Lashley, but he’s essentially gone M.I.A.,” said Kelly. “James missed several scheduled media shoots and was no longer returning our calls. It became abundantly clear that James had no intention of showing up to fight Bobby on March 25, so we had to make a change.”
Ott normally competes as a middleweight or light heavyweight, recently making his debut in Bellator as a light heavyweight against Brian Imes. Stationed out of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Ott has compiled a professional record of 8-7, with two of his wins coming by KO or TKO, three by submission and three by decision.
Lashley made a successful transition from the pro wrestling circuit to MMA in 2008, building up a five-fight winning streak over the likes of Jason Guida, Bob Sapp and Wes Sims before getting his first taste of defeat courtesy underdog Chadd Griggs. Griggs and Lashley met at Strikeforce: Houston in August of last year, where Griggs endured an early onslaught from Lashley (and benefited from a questionable call by the referee) to come back and earn a TKO over the tiring giant. That defeat marks the last time that Lashley has appeared in the cage.
Titan Fighting Championships goes down on the 25th of this month at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.