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Exclusive: Bobby Lashley not fighting Shane Del Rosario at “Strikeforce: Miami”

shane del rosarioWhile TNA wrestling star/mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, is still looking likely to make his Strikeforce promotional debut on the “Strikeforce: Miami” card slated for January 30, undefeated Muay Thai wrecking machine Shane Del Rosario will not be the hulking heavyweight’s first opponent.

Previous rumors of the possibility of the two fast rising prospects facing off during the card that will take place from Sunrise, Florida were widespread in recent weeks after a big “TBA” was listed as Lashley’s opponent for the upcoming event, but FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to confirm through Del Rosario himself that the bout between the two will in fact, not be happening.

Not on January 30 at least.

However, according to Del Rosario the rumors were much more than pure gossip as the bout was absolutely on the table. As a matter of fact, not only was the match-up on the table, it was actually agreed to by both sides at one point according to Shane.

“They asked me if I wanted to do it and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it for sure’,” explained Del Rosario. “Then they’re like, “Alright, well we’ll get back to you”, and they got back to me and it was a no.

“But it did seem like it was going to happen at first so I was really excited. But I kind of had it in the back of my mind that it wasn’t really a good decision for his camp. They said that he already said yes and they said , “Well it’s up to you”, so we were like, ‘Alright, let’s do this!’. I don’t know if they didn’t really expect for us to say that, but you know, whatever.

“He’s a very athletic guy, so I’m sure if he’s doing well we might meet again some other time.”

With that out of the way, Shane is currently free to set his sights on a return to Strikeforce in March, as the California based knockout specialist went on to further confirm to 5 Oz. that fellow slugger Lavar Johnson is being looked at as a possible opponent for his March return.

Del Rosario currently sports an unblemished record of 9-0 with not a single one of his nine victories making it to the judges scorecards. With 7 knockouts and 2 submissions, Shane left a huge exclamation mark in his Strikeforce debut against Brandon Cash “Money”, as the former US WBC Muay Thai champion managed to gather his senses after being leveled at the hands of Money to hit the massive brawler in a grizzly omoplata Five Ounces deemed to be the third nastiest submission of 2009.

Lashley is still expected to compete at “Strikeforce: Miami”, but no opponent has been named for him at this time.

Also expected to make his promotional debut on the card will be former decorated NFL running back, Herschel Walker, who’s opponent is also expected to be announced in the coming days.

Stay tuned to 5 Oz. as we continue to keep you up to date on any further developments stemming from this card.

16 COMMENTS
  • Dufresne says:

    I was actually looking forward to that fight too. I wonder what the reason for pulling it off the table was.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Dufresne says:
    “I wonder what the reason for pulling it off the table was?”

    A lack of experiance for Lashley.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Former WBO Muay Thai Champ, 9-0 record.
    The guy has EXCELLENT hands (KO via body shot!) and slick submission skills. Not exactly an ideal fight for Bobby, plain and simple.

    SF is going to groom Lashley for a little while, like it or not. It’s a perfectly valid statement to say that he has a lack of experience and don’t ewant to set him up for failure just yet.

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  • retrofitting123 says:

    well this sucks . I wonder who the hell is gonna fight lashley now. Its not like they have a ton of hws.I thought it was time for lashley to step up competition but we will see

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  • Jak says:

    Not to be super critical, but it’s not really cool to wait until last minute to schedule fights. Lashley and Walker know they have fights and will be able to adequately train a full camp.

    Their opponents will get news on short notice, have a rushed camp and basically come into these fights blind.

    Injuries are one thing for short notice fights, but simply waiting until the last minute so the opponent can’t get a full camp in, kind of blows.

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  • bluepill23 says:

    Lashley isnt ready for a serious striker yet his camp doesnt want the threat of a serious KO this early in his career and especialy not on his strikeforce debut he hasnt trained as a striker for very long he has to rely on his wrestling which is better than most HW’s his sub defense is unknown coupled with a slow ground n pound he just lacks the explosion lesnar is capable of he has alot to work on to take on top HW’s

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Lesnar came to the UFC and fought Mir and Herring, perhaps they would like to make a similar statment and put him against a guy with a name like Randleman or something. I can’t imagine they will put him against a complete no-name.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    wonder what tank is up to?

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  • sexy-yama says:

    I’d rather lashley leave tna to focus on mma, but i guess tna pays good

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  • Kuch says:

    How is it that with only three weeks left until the event that SF still hasn’t found opponents for two of their main card fighters? Granted, it isn’t like either guy is a contender for a title yet, but Lashley has a nice following and Walker should bring in more than a few viewers based on his name.

    I can’t imagine it is too difficult to find two HW fighters with limited fight experience to face these guys.

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  • Dufresne says:

    Kuch: How is it that with only three weeks left until the event that SF still hasn’t found opponents for two of their main card fighters?Granted, it isn’t like either guy is a contender for a title yet, but Lashley has a nice following and Walker should bring in more than a few viewers based on his name.I can’t imagine it is too difficult to find two HW fighters with limited fight experience to face these guys.

    I know, and unless they actually find these guys opponents it doesn’t matter how good they are, they’ll never be contenders without fights.

    I can sorta see how they have a hard time finding an opponent for Walker. It’s kind of a lose lose for his opponent. You win and you beat a 40+ year old newcomer to MMA, you lose and you lost to a 40+ year old newcomer to MMA. Best case scenario it does nothing for your career, worst case it hurts it.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    They don’t want to throw him to the wolves yet, Lashley is very marketable and comes with a following from the Pro Wrestling/Entertainment world. They need to give him some time to become well rounded and a better fighter. He will be a star in the MMA world just needs more time.
    He was also humble in the opportunites thrown at him early in his career and tried to work his way up and learn as he goes instead of taking the expressway to the main event slots. Think Bobby will turn out to be a good fighter and ambassador of the sport for a years to come. Good thing he didn’t wind up on TUF 10 because I think that would have done nothing for his career… He’s seems to be making the right moves all around in order to succeed.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    MMA-LOGIC: Lesnar came to the UFC and fought Mir and Herring, perhaps they would like to make a similar statment and put him against a guy with a name like Randleman or something. I can’t imagine they will put him against a complete no-name.

    Why would people negative tick this? isay that SF may want to do a similar thing with Lashley as the UFC and everyones like “booo!” WTF.

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  • Jak says:

    MMA-LOGIC: Why would people negative tick this? isay that SF may want to do a similar thing with Lashley as the UFC and everyones like “booo!” WTF.

    My problem with SF in comparison to how the UFC dealt with Lesnar, is at least Lesnars opponents knew who they were fighting and could prepare. Even if Lashley is green, he is still a 265 wrestling star.

    The fights are only 3 weeks away and still no one is announced. Forums and blogs have come far enough that even if there were rumours we’d at least know a few names, but beyond del Rosario we haven’t heard much.

    Hershel Walker is on the fight promotion poster and he still doesn’t have an opponent.

    Personally i don’t care who they fight, can-has been- prospect, etc…. doesn’t matter. But even cans should be allowed a good training camp even if they are brought in to lose.

    On a side note, i didn’t vote for the “dislike”, but i decided to comment anyways. :)

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  • Nick Havok says:

    Wow…I am surprised to hear that everyone thinks Lashley was the one ducking Del Rosario…but that does appear to be the case I guess.

    I just don’t see this being a bad match-up for Bobby…but rather Shane.

    Shane is a small heavyweight (one who would benefit from a 230 lb. weight class) and although he has devastating striking, I bet if Bobby could get him down he would overwhelm Shane with size, strength and wrestling technique.

    Too bad this fight isn’t happening now. It could have been very interesting.

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  • Kuch says:

    The problem with not announcing (or possibly even choosing) opponents for Lashley and Walker is that SF is sort of screwing them by not giving them the time to train for their opponents. Ideally they would have their opponents scoped by now to afford them the best chance to prepare. It doesn’t appear they are being set up for success.

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