Bobby Lashley to Face Bob Sapp in June


Former WWE heavyweight champion Bobby Lashley will face MMA veteran Bob Sapp on June 27 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.

FanHouse has learned that MMA rookie officially signed his bout agreement late last night.

Lashley (2-0) recently defeated Jason Guida at the "March Badness" pay-per-view event in Pensacola, Fla. He will now face one of the biggest stars in Japanese MMA history. Sapp (10-3-1) last defeated Akihito Tanaka at the K-1 Dynamite!! New Year's Eve show in December. It was a bizarre sight to see as Tanaka was dressed as the Japanese anime character "Kinniku Mantaro" during the fight.

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Lashley is still in negotiations to fight in May for the Alberta-based Maximum Fighting Championship, but as of now, no deal has been signed.

The former wrestling star appeared on Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's pay-per-view event "Lockdown" on Sunday, however, there are currently no plans in place for him to wrestle for TNA in the future.

The Sapp-Lashley fight will be promoted by long-time boxing promoters, Prize Fight Promotions. They have promoted famous boxing bouts like Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis in 2002 and Roy Jones Jr. vs. Glen Johnson in 2004. This pay-per-view event will be the first of many they are planning to organize. Expect several familiar MMA names to also appear on the card.

For more on Lashley, check out his new homepage FightBobby.com.

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