Shamrock-Lashley Signed for Jones Jr. Card
Shamrock will not rest on his laurels.
With only five weeks rest, the UFC Hall of Famer will face fellow
WWE pro wrestler Bobby
Lashley in a headlining heavyweight bout for the Roy Jones
Jr.-helmed Squared Ring Promotion’s “March Badness” on March 21 at
the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Fla. The event, which
plans to alternate between boxing and MMA bouts, will also telecast
on live pay-per-view.
Shamrock’s manager, Rod Donohoo, confirmed that contracts for the
clash between veteran and newcomer were signed on Monday.
BloodyElbow.com and Figure4online.com reported the bout first.
Shamrock, who turned 45 on Feb. 13, picked up a quick win over
super heavyweight Ross Clifton
at Wargods “Valentine’s Eve Massacre” on Feb. 14 in Fresno, Calif.
Shamrock also co-promoted the event.
Though outweighed by some 175 pounds, Shamrock dropped the
380-pound Clifton with an opening right and maneuvered to the
armbar finish with ease. It was Shamrock’s first victory in three
years and five fights.
Shamrock will have another bulky opponent to contend with in
Lashley, a formidable 6-foot-3 specimen carrying around 265 pounds
of pure muscle. Shamrock doesn’t seem fazed though.
“Ken was definitely interested in this bout because he gets to face
a guy bigger than himself, who’s in great shape as well,” Donohoo
Lashley, 32, hopes to build his resume towards a heavyweight title
bout, much in the way former WWE champion Brock
Lesnar (3-1) toppled Randy
Couture at UFC 91 last November to grasp that promotion’s
Though a novice in MMA –- Lashley has one fight under his belt –-
the Colorado resident won’t come in empty-handed.
Lashley was a three-time NAIA National Champion at 177 pounds, a
four-time All-American, a three-time National Amateur Wrestling
Champion, a two-time Armed Forces Champion and a 2002 Silver
Medalist at the Military World Championship, according to the NAIA
Having recently pledged his allegiance to American Top Team,
Lashley made a speedy MMA debut last December for the Mixed
Fighting Alliance in Miami, stifling Joshua
Franklin in only 41 seconds with a TKO stoppage via a cut from
elbows in the guard.
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