Bobby Lashley won’t be fighting on April 17 at Strikeforce “Nashville” after all. Lashley made the announcement on his Facebook account.
Sorry for the delay in responding to all of you who are eager to see me fight again. I will not be on the Strikeforce card in April, but my training is going very well and I’m fully prepared to step into the cage when the time is right. I will let you know as soon as my next fight is set!
Scott Coker confirmed a few weeks ago that Lashley would participate on the card in what would likely be a fourth televised match-up, but they were still waiting for approval from the Tennessee Athletic Commission on his unnamed opponent. At this point, it’s unclear what ever came of that and if its the reason for his sudden withdrawal from the card. It’s also unknown if a fourth fight will still be added to the televised card or if they’ll air one of the prelim fights to fill time if the championship fights run short.
While we’re on the topic of Strikeforce “Nashville,” the UFC will in fact counter program the April 17 Striekforce/CBS event, just not with a live show. Spike will air a replay of UFC 110 instead.
Update: A few more comments from Bobby Lashley on Strikeforce removing him from the Nashville card.
“If Strikeforce had some reason why they pulled me, I’m not going to get upset with them,” Lashley told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today. “I’m disappointed that I’m not fighting, yes, because I wanted to fight. If I fought April 17, then I’d be able to plan my next one and maybe pick up another fight in June or in late May. But that’s not the case.”
“Possibly,” Lashley said when asked if the promotion is having trouble finding him opponents. “It’s just the right opponent. There’s only a handful of guys that are serious top guys. and I think all those guys are wrapped up in a fight.
“Right now, they’re going around finding guys that are not actually signed with Strikeforce and get these guys in there so I have a fight. So when I do have an opportunity to fight [Fedor Emelianenko], [Andrei Arlovski] or [Antonio Silva], I’m ready.”
Update 2: MMA Junkie is reporting Strikeforce is replacing the Bobby Lashley fight with Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Tim Stout in a swing bout.
A middleweight bout between Jason “Mayhem” Miller (22-7 MMA, 0-1 SF) and Nashville, Tenn.-based fighter Tim Stout (9-7 MMA, 0-0 SF) has been tapped to replace a slot reserved for heavyweight Bobby Lashley on the CBS-televised “Strikeforce: Nashville.”
A source close to Stout confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today that both parties have agreed to the fight and bout agreements will be issued shortly.
If approved by the Tennessee Athletic Commission, Miller vs. Stout will be the final non-televised bout of the April 17 event and may air on tape delay during the televised portion of the two-hour broadcast, which begins at 8 p.m. ET.
Update 3: Sherdog is reporting CBS will show the Mayhem-Stout fight in some form during the Strikeforce “Nashville” broadcast.
“That fight will air in some form — whether it’s a highlight package or in its entirety will be based upon the timing of the others fights,” said Coker during a conference call touting the April 17 fight. “The idea is to come out and do a fight or two and see how much time is left.”
An insider told Sherdog.com on Monday that CBS is planning an assortment of highlight packages for the bout ranging from one minute and up, and will place whichever variation fits the broadcast between the championship bouts.
Back to Bobby Lashley, he posted another message on his Facebook account saying he’s not fighting in Nashville because he recently had nasal surgery and couldn’t get cleared to fight.
Rumor control. When I was given the chance to fight in April, the only thing on my mind was fighting. However, I had sinus surgery recently and b/c of the surgery, my doc won’t clear me to fight. I tried working every angle, however the final say is left in the hands of the doc. Although this is a minor setback, Im… continuing to prepare myself for my next fight… MAYbe soon!
Normally, I wouldn’t question it, but above he’s telling MMA Junkie Strikeforce pulled him off the card and he doesn’t know why…weird.