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Bobby Lashley Eyes December Return with Strikeforce Approval

Bobby Lashley will look to rebound from his first career loss when he’s expected to return to action in December, but the former professional wrestler turned MMA heavyweight prospect still needs Strikeforce’s approval for the fight.

Though Lashley’s Strikeforce contract recently expired following his second-round TKO to Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce: Houston” in August, he remains in an exclusive negotiating period with the promotion.

“Bobby doesn’t have any fights left on his deal, but we’re talking with him about getting more fights,” Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker told Sherdog. “We just have to get everyone on the same page when it comes to value. I think there’s a lot of fight left in Bobby.

“Any kind of an announcement on Bobby’s part might be a bit premature. We do let our fighters under contract fight for other organizations, but we have a lot invested in them and should have the right to approve where and when they fight.”

Lashley, who said he owes it to Strikeforce to come back stronger, has not yet announced an opponent or event for his return, which is targeted for Dec. 10 or 11.

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