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Bobby Lashley to make his return on March 25 at Titan FC 17

Kansas City, KS — Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Bobby Lashley has signed to headline Titan Fighting Championship 17 (, set for Friday, March 25 at the Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.

Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly made the news official late Thursday night.

Lashley will be competing for the first time since a Strikeforce event on August 21, 2010. His return to the cage on March 25 will come against M-1 Challenge veteran James Jack, who is 6-2-1 (according to

Titan Fighting Championship 17 will be televised live nationally on HDNet ( for the second consecutive show and the Lashley vs. Jack main event joins the previously announced bout between Phil Baroni and Nick Nolte as the first two contests officially announced for the telecast.

“We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the MMA community following our HDNet debut on January 28,” Kelly began. “A lot of unique opportunities have presented themselves to Titan since the show and working with Bobby Lashley was one of them. We are really excited to be working with Bobby as he continues his pursuit of MMA greatness.”

Lashley’s March 25 main event bout vs. Jack will mark the first time he has competed in a mixed martial arts bout near his original home. Currently fighting out of Denver, Colorado, Lashley was born in Junction City, Kansas, where his parents still reside. He also attended Missouri Valley College, where he would go on to claim three national college amateur wrestling championships.

“There’s a group of regular Titan fans that I communicate with on a regular basis. They serve as a focus group for the promotion, as I bounce ideas off of them and gauge their reaction. When I floated the idea of Bobby fighting on the card, the response was incredible,” said Kelly.

After college, Lashley joined the Army, where he continued to wrestle and even began to pursue a spot on the U.S. Olympic team until a knee injury sustained during a bank robbery while present at the bank as an innocent bystander ended his dreams of Olympic gold.

A two-time ECW world champion and former U.S. champion during his professional wrestling career with the WWE, Lashley began his MMA career with a successful 5-0 record. He was dealt a setback in his last fight when he suffered a second round upset defeat to Chad Griggs in Houston.

“In the fight game, a fighter is usually viewed as only being good as their last fight. But I don’t think that is a fair way to evaluate a fighter, especially an athletically-gifted heavyweight who is only six fights into his career,” Kelly stated. “Bobby won’t admit it and he refuses to make excuses but the reality is that he was diagnosed with mononucleosis shortly after the fight. Also, if anyone watched Griggs’ fight last weekend against Gian Villante, who was widely considered one of the top prospects in MMA coming into that fight, you can clearly see that Griggs is the real deal. Anyone who is writing Bobby off is making a huge mistake. I believe that Titan Fighting will be the perfect platform for Bobby to prove his critics wrong.”

While Lashley enter the March 25 as the favorite, Jack will look to follow in Abe Wagner’s footsteps and look to pull off a main event upset for the second consecutive Titan show in a row. A veteran of Blue Springs, Missouri, Jack began his MMA career in 2006, first competing as an amateur. After going 4-0 on the amateur circuit, he would later go on to become a two-time veteran of the M-1 Challenge fight circuit.

Tickets for Titan Fighting Championship 17 are now on-sale at all local Ticketmaster outlets, (, as well as the Memorial Hall box office. Tickets for the event start at $25.

Additional matchups for Titan Fighting Championship 17 will be announced in the coming days. In order to stay updated with all of the latest news pertaining to Titan Fighting, please visit; become a fan of Titan Fighting on Facebook at; or follow the promotion on Twitter @titanfighting.
Editor’s Note: Combat Sports Media, the parent company of, is a shareholder in the Titan Fighting Championship.
  • Rece Rock says:

    “… a knee injury sustained during a bank robbery while present at the bank as an innocent bystander ended his dreams of Olympic gold.”

    Brave bank robbers… would you really rob a bank if a guy the size of bobby lashley was on line waiting to cash a check? I think i’d wait till he left then go in.

    The question is did he hurt his knee fending off the thieves or when he ran for cover??

  • Rece Rock says:

    “Editor’s Note: Combat Sports Media, the parent company of, is a shareholder in the Titan Fighting Championship.”

    Brendhan tell Mr. Caplan the fans want a show in NJ…

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Rece, a Bellator show in Jersey? I will see what I can do for you.

  • Guthookd says:

    I didn’t even realize that SF had dropped him. It’s true though, Griggs is a tough dude and that was no loss to be ashamed of.

  • MCM says:

    I still think he’s under contract with SF. They just let him take a fight outside the org. They did the same thing with Rogers after he lost to Overeem. Lashley is still a draw, I can’t see Coker letting him go when he can still match him up with Walker for a huge pay day.

  • MCM says:

    I stand corrected. Apparently, Lashley severed ties with SF after his Griggs loss.
    (how do I thumbs down myself?)

  • LiverPunch says:

    Conflict of interest.

  • BiG BaD BuLL says:

    After the griggs fight, a lot of questions were answered, but more were prompted. There is an article called “Bobby Lashley: Part time Fighter?” at that makes you think a little bit…also, I read an article years ago about Lashley and the bank robbery, and it said that he blew his knee out throwing himself out of the way…don’t know how true that is.

  • Dufresne says:

    He blew his knee out when he dove the ground, but I can’t blame him. According to his interview with ESPN he was just standing in line when the guy started shooting from not very far behind Lashley. I don’t care what training you have, if someone is suddenly shooting from directly behind you while you’re in line the first thing you should do isvget your ass on the ground and out of the line of fire.

  • TerribleT says:

    6-2-1 huh? Nice try,James Jack’s record is 5-4-1. That being said he’ll probably still beat Bobby Flash-in-the-pansly . . . . .

  • TerribleT says:

    James Jack’s MMA record(supposedly Lashley’s next opponent):

  • cutman says:

    Another great bout from the Titan team…


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