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Mark Martinez Out, Karl Knothe In Against Bobby Lashley has reported that former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley’s originally scheduled opponent for this Friday night’s Shark Fights 21 event, Mark Martinez, has been forced out of their fight for expired blood work.

Despite Martinez’s last-minute withdrawal, Lashley will be keeping his spot on the fight card, taking on Minnesota-based fighter Karl Knothe. Lashley has been linked to several different opponents throughout the materialization of his Shark Fights debut, but Knothe’s manager, Gavin Rydell, told Sherdog that his client won’t be bailing on this fight, as he’s looked forward to fighting Lashley for some time.

“Karl’s been wanting to fight Bobby Lashley for a while,” said Rydell. “He’s had some offers before to fight Bobby, but it always fell apart. Karl is excited that not only does he get to fight Bobby Lashley, but it’s also for the Shark Fights heavyweight title.”

A veteran of close to thirty fights, Knothe is currently riding a twelve-fight winning streak, his last loss coming via submission back in 2007. The Original Son of Punishment sports an overall record of 20-6, with eleven wins coming via submission and seven by either KO or TKO.

After going undefeated in five fights, professional wrestler Bobby Lashley met defeat for the first time at the hands of Chad Griggs, losing in the second round via TKO. The 35-year-old has since rebounded, taking out John Ott by decision this past March.

Shark Fights 21 goes down this Friday, November 11, from the Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.