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Strikeforce Veteran Bobby Lashley Signs With Shark Fights

Strikeforce veteran Bobby Lashley signed a reported three-year deal with Shark Fights.

Bobby Lashley defeats Bob Sapp at the headlining event of FFI: Ultimate Chaos. The former WWE star signed a new three-fight deal with Texas-based Shark Fights.
Bobby Lashley defeats Bob Sapp at the headlining event of FFI: Ultimate Chaos. The former WWE star signed a new three-fight deal with Texas-based Shark Fights.

Bobby Lashley (6-1) is ready to continue his climb up the mixed martial arts ladder. According to reports from Fox Sports, the former Strikeforce prospect and WWE wrestler signed a three-fight deal with Texas-based promotion Shark Fights over the weekend. Terms of the deal have not been released.

"By signing Bobby were saying we're willing to put our money out there to make it happen, and bring in and sign the bigger-name talent, and not just has-beens and nobodies," Shark Fights CEO Bud Brustman said. "It's going to be big for us. When you're a little organization you need to make some noise, and Bobby is the perfect one to make some noise. There is nobody better than him right now that's out there."

A two-time NAIA National Wrestling Champion, Lashley kicked off his mixed martial arts career in style, collecting five straight wins over the likes of former-Pride veteran Bob Sapp and longtime UFC heavyweight Wes Sims. However the 35-year-old's hype-train abruptly derailed last August with a defeat at the hands of Chad Griggs in his second bout under the Strikeforce banner, after which he was released by the promotion. Since then Lashley has resumed his winning ways, defeating Bellator veteran John Ott earlier this year.