Undefeated heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley is awaiting a new opponent for his Strikeforce debut later this month at “Strikeforce: Miami” on January 3o in Surise, Florida after the Florida State Boxing Commission failed to approve a matchup with Yohan Banks for the Showtime-televised event, according to MMAjunkie.
The FSBC’s decision to decline the matchup was reportedly made after a review of the fighters records determined “the bout was not competitive”.
Lashley (4-0) made his MMA debut in late-2008 with a first-round TKO of Joshua Franklin, then improved to 4-0 in 2009 with wins over Jason Guida, Mike Cook, and Bob Sapp.
Banks (2-1) has won both of his previous Strikeforce bouts in the promotion’s Young Gun series, which has since been re-named to Strikeforce Challengers, but hasn’t fought since a 19-second knockout of Michael Diaz in September 2008.
Strikeforce: Miami is headlined by Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for Strikeforce’s welterweight title and also features 135-pound women’s champ Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marloes Coenen.