Bobby Lashley

Lashley Pulled from PFC 13 Due to Injury

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

The Palace Fighting Championship announced yesterday that former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley has been forced to pull out of his upcoming heavyweight bout against Mike Hayes on February 6 after suffering torn ligaments in his ankle during training.

According to MMA Junkie, Lashley will be replaced by Ron Sparks, who has not competed since winning his first three professional bouts in 2006. A timetable for Lashley’s return has not yet been announced.

The card for PFC 13 as it stands now:

Chad Mendes vs. Leland Gridley
Ulysses Gomez vs. David Suarez
Brandon Cash vs. Steve Gavin
Alexis Vila vs. Ben Nguyen
Mike Hayes vs. Ron Sparks
Joey Cabezas vs. Joe Morales

Lashley vs. Hayes to Headline PFC Joint Boxing & MMA Event in February

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

Former WWE superstar turned mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, will co-headline the Palace Fighting Championship’s latest offering - a joint boxing and MMA event on February 7 - against fellow undefeated heavyweight prospect Mike Hayes.

PFC President Christian Printup announced the event’s lineup over the weekend at The Underground. Lashley and Hayes will headline the MMA portion of the card while former Olympic boxing gold medalist Andre Ward will face Henry Buchanan in the night’s main event. The boxing portion of the card will be televised live on Showtime.

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Morning News and Notes: Lashley Debut Set, Burkman Injured & More

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

— Former WWE star Bobby Lashley will soon join Brock Lesnar in the professional ranks of mixed martial arts. Lashley has reportedly signed on to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Joshua Franklin at the Mixed Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 13 event in Miami. The card will be headlined by a rematch between UFC veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff Monson. Rodriguez stopped Monson via third-round TKO in the first meeting at UFC 35 in January 2002.

— UFC welterweight Josh Burkman will be sidelined indefinitely while attempting to heal two bulging discs in his back and another bulging disc in his neck. Burkman, who has attributed his current three-fight losing streak partially to the injury, says that he will first try to heal the injury via physical therapy before potentially undergoing surgery, which is similar to what Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have recently had, to repair the injury.

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Evening News and Notes - Oct 9, 2008

Quinton Jackson. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

— Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s pre-trial hearing, which was scheduled to take place today in California, has been postponed until Oct. 24 due to the Orange County chief prosecutor being unable to make it to today’s proceedings. In addition, a preliminary examination (when the prosecution presents the evidence to the jury) scheduled for Nov. 30 has been postponed to a later date. Jackson is facing two felonies and four misdemeanors following his high-speed chase with Costa Mesa on July 15. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Jackson could face up to three years in prison.

— After undergoing successful surgery to repair a partially torn ACL, Renato “Babalu” Sobral will once again to attempt to challenge Bobby Southworth for his Strikeforce light heavyweight title at a planned November 21 event in San Jose, California according to what Sobral’s manager, Richard Wilner, told our friends at MMA Junkie. Sobral and Southworth were originally slated to meet at “Strikeforce at the Mansion II” in September before both fighters were forced to withdraw from the bout due to separate knee injuries. The November show is also expected to feature Josh Thomson making the first defense of his Strikeforce lightweight title as well.

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Lashley Talks Potential MMA Debut

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It’s been widely rumored for sometime now that after abruptly leaving World Wrestling Entertainment earlier this year, professional wrestler Bobby Lashley would most likely follow the footsteps of former co-worker Brock Lesnar and enter the world of mixed martial arts.

With championship amateur wrestling credentials and years of training at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose under his belt, a transition into MMA could be very feasible. However it’s now up to Lashley himself to take the next step.

In a recent interview with The Daily Star, Lashley discussed the potential of him entering the sport among other things. His non-compete clause with WWE now expired, it’s been reported that Lashley may be waiting for the birth of his child with former female wrestler Kristal Marshall before making any decisions concerning his future.

“I want to knock people out on my feet and submit people,” Lashley said in the article. “I want to be an MMA guy who used to wrestle.”

However Lashley has still not written off a potential return to wrestling, most likely with TNA, where good friends Booker T and Kurt Angle currently reside. While all signs currently point to Lashley leaning towards returning to his most recent profession, TNA’s taping schedule would make it feasible for Lashley to fight as well.

Lashley stated that he has his sights set on his MMA debut taking place in either August or October. It’s interesting to note that Affliction Clothing is planning on holding it’s second show of the year in the fall.

HT: Bloody Elbow

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