Former pro-wrestler star Bobby Lashley has pulled out of his upcoming fight at “Strikeforce: Los Angeles” due to a knee injury according to MMA Weekly.
Lashley was previously scheduled to face Ron Sparks, a 5-0 fighter who was making his debut with the promotion. Lashley was scheduled to fight at April’s Strikeforce event, but reportedly pulled out when the fight wasn’t guaranteed to make television.
Instead, a middleweight bout between middleweights Tim Kennedy andwill replace the scheduled fight.
Since joining the promotion in 2009, Kennedy has gone 2-0 with victories over Nick Thompson and Zak Cummings on Strikeforce Challenger’s events. Kennedy has only suffered two losses in his MMA career, losing to Scott Smith in his debut in 2001, and to Jason “Mayhem” Miller in 2007. He was awarded the Army’s Bronze Star medal for showing valor under fire.
Prangley is a veteran of the sport with twenty-two wins under his belt since debuting in 2001. Prangley has fought opponents such as Jeremy Horn, Renato Sobral, Chael Sonnen, and Travis Lutter. Prangley has fought off-and-on in Strikeforce since 2007, returning to the promotion after a three year absence, facing Karl Amoussou, a fight that ended in a draw due to an inadvertent eye-poke.
“Strikeforce: Los Angeles” will air on Showtime from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on June 16.