Hot on the heels of the acquisition of former Pride and UFC star Dan Henderson, Strikeforce have announced that heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley has signed a multi-year contract with the promotion.
Lashley, who is currently 4-0 in mixed martial arts, follows in Brock Lesnar’s footsteps to become the second well known WWE pro wrestling star to make the transition to fighting for a major MMA promotion.
The 6ft 3′, 250 pound fighter spoke to mma.fanhouse today about his decision to sign for the Strikeforce promotion.
“I like Strikeforce. They’re a good organization, Fedor is there and so are some other good heavyweights, so I can go out there and test myself. I felt like now was the time to go for it.”
Strikeforce have announced that it won’t be long before fans get a chance to see the star in action, as he has been penciled in to appear on the 30th January card in Miami, Florida, which is also expected to feature Nick Diaz, Herschel Walker and newly crowned woman’s champion Cristiane Cyborg Santos in her first title defense.
No opponent has yet been named for Lashley, but the fighter is well aware that he is still on a learning curve in the sport and isn’t aiming for one of the bigger names in the division for his Strikeforce debut.
“I know everybody wants me to fight a Top 10 guy but I need to get in there against somebody I’m a good match-up with. I want to be tested, but I don’t see myself fighting Fedor or Overeem first.”
While Lashley does not carry the same star power as the UFC’s heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, he does have a notable fan base that will be drawn to his fights.
Though his previous fights tell us little about how he’ll stack up against top level competition, he is certainly a nother worthy addition to the roster.