(As of Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. ET, FiveOuncesofPain.com has received word from sources close to the situation that Jimmy Ambriz is still the front runner to face off with Bobby Lashley. According to our sources, the fight is believed to be close to being finalized.)
FiveOuncesofPain.com has been informed by sources close to one of the fighters involved with the bout that Jimmy Ambriz ( 14-12-1) has been selected to fight Bobby Lashley at “Strikeforce: Miami”
The event will take place on January 30 from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. “Strikeforce: Miami” will air live on Showtime in the United States, while being broadcast live on the Super Channel in Canada.
The news comes just one day after reports that Yohan Banks had been ruled out by the Florida State Boxing Commission.
Ambriz is a massive former King of the Cage super heavyweight champion that normally competes near the 300 pound mark. “The Titan” recently dropped three bouts in a row to the likes of Sergei Kharitonov and Jeff Monson (twice) before rebounding with a first round TKO over Chris Clark at the Midwest Fighting Championships in August of 2009.
Lashley will be looking to improve his professional MMA record to 5-0 in his Strikeforce debut in Miami following consecutive wins over Joshua Franklin, Jason Guida, Mike Cook and Bob Sapp.
The full expected card for the event is listed below:
MAIN CARD –
NICK DIAZ VS. MARIUS ZAROMSKIS
CRISTIANE “CYBORG” SANTOS VS. MARLOES COENEN
ROBBIE LAWLER VS. MELVIN MANHOEF
HERSCHEL WALKER VS. GREG NAGY
BOBBY LASHLEY VS. JIMMY AMBRIZ***
PRELIM CARD –
JAY HIERON VS. JOE RIGGS
PABLO ALFONSO VS. MARCOS DAMATTA
DAVID ZITNIK VS. MICHAEL BYRNES
SABAH HOMASI VS. JOHN KELLY
CRAIG OXLEY VS. DAVID GOMEZ
RYAN KEENAN VS. HAYDER HASSAN
***not yet announced by Strikeforce