Bobby Lashley to fight Bob Sapp

According to a recent update on his page, former WWE star Bobby Lashley has signed an agreement to fight former Pride behemoth, Bob “The Beast” Sapp. The bout is reportedly set to take place on June 27 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, and will be promoted by Prize Fight Promotions.

Lashley, now 2-0 in his young MMA career, most recently won a unanimous decision over Jason Guida, at “March Badness” in Pensacola, Florida. His first fight was a 41 second destructive TKO victory over MMA rookie Joshua Franklin at “Mixed Fighting Alliance: Bad Blood”.

Bob Sapp is a giant, both literally and figuratively, in the Japanese fight scene. The 300 plus pound Sapp has fought in Strikeforce, Pride, and K-l, and has amassed a 10-3-1 record. Sapp was victorious in his last fight over a masked Akihito Tanaka, and has won five of his last six bouts.

Sapp poses the largest challenge of Lashley’s limited tenure as a mixed martial artist and will definitely have the size advantage, something that Lashley has had over his last two opponents. “The Beast” has fought at weights in excess of 330 pounds, whereas Lashley weighed in at 251 pounds for his bout against Guida.

With only two MMA bouts under his belt, Bobby Lashley cannot be accused of taking the easy road by agreeing to fight the larger, stronger, and more experienced opponent. A victory over Sapp would most definitely catapult Lashley higher into the heavyweight rankings, and possibly raise some eyebrows in the larger MMA organizations.

By:  Jeff Howard