shane del rosarioWhile TNA wrestling star/mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, is still looking likely to make his Strikeforce promotional debut on the “Strikeforce: Miami” card slated for January 30, undefeated Muay Thai wrecking machine Shane Del Rosario will not be the hulking heavyweight’s first opponent.

Previous rumors of the possibility of the two fast rising prospects facing off during the card that will take place from Sunrise, Florida were widespread in recent weeks after a big “TBA” was listed as Lashley’s opponent for the upcoming event, but has recently been able to confirm through Del Rosario himself that the bout between the two will in fact, not be happening.

Not on January 30 at least.

However, according to Del Rosario the rumors were much more than pure gossip as the bout was absolutely on the table. As a matter of fact, not only was the match-up on the table, it was actually agreed to by both sides at one point according to Shane.

“They asked me if I wanted to do it and I said, ‘Yeah, let’s do it for sure’,” explained Del Rosario. “Then they’re like, “Alright, well we’ll get back to you”, and they got back to me and it was a no.

“But it did seem like it was going to happen at first so I was really excited. But I kind of had it in the back of my mind that it wasn’t really a good decision for his camp. They said that he already said yes and they said , “Well it’s up to you”, so we were like, ‘Alright, let’s do this!’. I don’t know if they didn’t really expect for us to say that, but you know, whatever.

“He’s a very athletic guy, so I’m sure if he’s doing well we might meet again some other time.”

With that out of the way, Shane is currently free to set his sights on a return to Strikeforce in March, as the California based knockout specialist went on to further confirm to 5 Oz. that fellow slugger Lavar Johnson is being looked at as a possible opponent for his March return.

Del Rosario currently sports an unblemished record of 9-0 with not a single one of his nine victories making it to the judges scorecards. With 7 knockouts and 2 submissions, Shane left a huge exclamation mark in his Strikeforce debut against Brandon Cash “Money”, as the former US WBC Muay Thai champion managed to gather his senses after being leveled at the hands of Money to hit the massive brawler in a grizzly omoplata Five Ounces deemed to be the third nastiest submission of 2009.

Lashley is still expected to compete at “Strikeforce: Miami”, but no opponent has been named for him at this time.

Also expected to make his promotional debut on the card will be former decorated NFL running back, Herschel Walker, who’s opponent is also expected to be announced in the coming days.

Stay tuned to 5 Oz. as we continue to keep you up to date on any further developments stemming from this card.