by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Former WWE wrestling champion Bobby Lashley has signed a multi-year agreement with Strikeforce and will make his debut Jan. 30.
The San Jose, Calif.-based promotion announced the acquisition Thursday night.
Lashley will face an unnamed opponent at Strikeforce: Miami, slated for 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,” the former wrestler said in a prepared statement.
Lashley, 33, made his MMA debut last December and has amassed a 4-0 record. Most recently, he stopped goliath Bob Sapp in the main event of “Ultimate Chaos” in Biloxi, Miss.
The heavily muscled fighter was rumored to be under consideration for Strikeforce’s CBS network debut on Nov. 7, but the deal wasn’t finalized in time.
Lashley, a former Army and collegiate wrestler at Missouri Valley College, left the WWE in 2008, but continues to wrestle professionally for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling, appearing as recently as Nov. 26 for the promotion’s “Championship Series.” He has said, however, that he would consider leaving wrestling for a full-time career in mixed martial arts.