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Strikeforce signs Ex-WWE star Bobby Lashley


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After months of speculation about a potential signing, Strikeforce overnight made it official and announced Bobby Lashley has inked a multi-year contract.

The 33-year-old will make his promotional debut on the Jan. 30 "Strikeforce: Miami" card as part of the night's Showtime broadcast, though no opponent has been revealed.

Lashley (4-0), a former champion for World Wrestling Entertainment who now performs for Total Nonstop Action, is undefeated since his move to mixed martial arts.

"Strikeforce: Miami" takes place at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"I'm looking forward to fighting for Strikeforce and challenging myself by taking on some of the top heavyweights in MMA," Lashley stated.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported just this week that Lashley, a decorated amateur wrestler and two-time NAIA national champion, was still under contract to the Nashville, Tenn.-based Prize Fight MMA and that the promotion seemed intent on getting those fights. It's not known how Strikeforce worked around the issue, and terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lashley made his pro MMA debut in December 2008 and most recently scored a first-round victory (due to strikes) over NFL veteran and K-1 kickboxer/MMA fighter Bob Sapp. All but one of Lashley's career wins (a decision win over Jason Guida) have come via first-round stoppage.

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