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Bobby Lashley gets new opponent for next week’s Titan FC debut

Titan Fighting Championships has been forced to seek a new opponent for former Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley’s promotional unveiling at Titan FC 17 in Kansas City, Kansas a little more than a week from today. According to an official statement from CEO Joe Kelly, Lashley’s originally scheduled foe, James Jack has “essentially gone MIA” and was pulled after a series of missed photo shoots and unreturned phone calls.

Stepping in for Jack will be John Ott, a middleweight most of the time who walks around at 225-pounds between fights based on an interest in bodybuilding. Ott is 8-7 overall but has won three of his last four fights including a win over Brian Imes at Bellator 26.

Lashley has not been seen in the ring since August 2010 after dropping his first professional fight to Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce – Houston” by way of an inability to continue beyond the second round. Prior to the loss he had compiled five straight wins to open up his career including victories over Wes Simms, Jason Guida, and Bob Sapp.

Titan FC is set for a live HDNet broadcast on March 25 and will also feature the debut of newly signed Phil Baroni who fights Nick Nolte in addition Abe Wagner taking on Aaron Rosa.


  • Rece Rock says:

    Down grade for Lashely but that’s not his fault… If I was a MW walking around at 225 all the time maybe my record would be 8-7 due to the fact it must take half the fight out of this guy to make the cut??

  • MCM says:

    Just looked up some pics of Mr. Ott. He looked soft in his last fight at 205, the guy is definitely made for MW or lower. If he comes in at 225, he’s gonna look like Roy Nelson. But f*ck it, this is the highest profile fight he’s ever had, I’d take it a super heavy if I was a natural LW.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Good for Ott for taking a fight like this. Look what has happened to Griggs after beating Lashley. That said I do think Bobby has some potential as a good HW fighter with a few more fights experience.


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