As FiveOuncesofPain.com was able to squash rumors of a possible heavyweight showdown between Shane Del Rosario and Bobby Lashley earlier this week, it now appears as though the heavy handed Yohan Banks is currently being tapped as the next opponent for the massive TNA superstar.
The possibility of the match-up was first reported by MMAWeekly.com, and FiveOuncesofPain.com has since been able to confirm through Strikeforce Director of Communications, Mike Afromowitz, that Banks has in fact been approved through the promotion as the next opponent for Lashley, but is currently awaiting the official stamp of approval from the athletic commission and the Showtime network to seal the deal.
“Strikeforce: Miami” will take place on January 30 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, while airing live on Showtime.
A decorated amateur wrestler, this will be Lashley’s first bout back since putting a first round mugging on Bob Sapp back in June of 2009, while the 2-1 Banks was last seen knocking Michael Diaz senseless during “Strikeforce: Young Guns 3″ back in September of 2009.
Below is a full list of the bouts expected to take place during “Strikeforce: Miami”:
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis
Cristiane Santos vs. Marloes Coenen
Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler
Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy
Bobby Lashley vs. Yohan Banks
Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
Craig Oxley vs. David Gomez
Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta