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Bobby Lashley not fighting Marcus Jones at XFC 8

Bobby Lashley (2-0) has been in talks with the XFC but will not be fighting former NFL defensive tackle Marcus Jones (4-2) at XFC "Regional Conflict" on April 25 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

"It's come to our attention that a rumor has started circulating that Bobby Lashley will be fighting Marcus Jones at XFC 8: 'Regional Conflict' on Saturday, April 25 ? a show featuring the fastest-rising young prospects and top emerging superstars from Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky and North Carolina in contender-versus-contender bouts, airing exclusively nationwide on HDNet," XFC president John Prisco said in a press release. "That rumor is false, and no such statement was ever issued by the XFC, Bobby Lashley, or Bobby Lashley's manager.

"It is true that the XFC and Bobby Lashley have had numerous conversations, and both parties hope to find a way to work together in the very near future. Bobby has publicly stated his interest in fighting for the XFC, and we can confirm that the interest is mutual. We look forward to continuing to grow our relationship."

Lashley out of the American Top Team defeated Jason Guida on March 21 via unanimous decision on the Roy Jones Jr pay-per-view in Pensacola, Florida.

Lashley is most known for his stint as a pro wrestler with the WWE, where he became a two-time ECW world champion. As a collegiate amateur wrestler, Lashley was a three-time NAIA national champion.

The 35-year-old Jones was a first round draft pick in 1996 and played six years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Training with Gracie Tampa, Jones made his MMA debut in October 2007.

HDNet will televise XFC "Regional Conflict" live from the Thompson-Boling Arena.

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