Bobby Lashley (5-0) will take on “corn bread fed, Kentucky bred” Ron Sparks (5-0) in a heavyweight bout. Like Lashley, the relatively unknown Sparks is a big dude (listed at 6’5″ 285 lbs. on Sherdog). From his record and the footage I found of him on Youtube, he prefers to stand, bang and knock fools out. Of his five professional victories, four have come by way of (T)KO including this one where he knocked out some dude named “Shrek” and sent his mouthpiece flying. Sparks also competed in a K-1 event last year against Alexey “The Red Scorpion” Ignashov after a fight with Bob Sapp fell through. Ron made it through the first round but was brutally KO’d in the second by a right head kick. It’s impressive for anyone with zero professional kickboxing experience to last a round and a half with a veteran who’s recorded 95 professional fights, but considering he hasn’t face anyone of note in MMA, it’s hard to tell how much of a threat he is to Lashley. From what I’ve seen though, I’d say Sparks is a live underdog.
Young prospect Shane Del Rosario, who’s been a rumored opponent for Lashley for several fights, is expected to face Lolohea Mahe on the card. Word is the two could meet next if they both win in LA.
On to the second official match-up, DREAM welterweight champ Marius Zaromskis will return to Strikeforce after losing decisively to Nick Diaz earlier this year in Miami. He’ll take on Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos in a fight that has fireworks written all over it.
Evangelista’s wife, Cris Cyborg, is scheduled to fight a week later at Strikeforce “Fedor vs. Werdum.” Her opponent is expected to be announced on Monday.