by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Feb 18, 2011 at 8:15 am ET
Former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley returns to the cage on March 25 to headline the HDNet-televised Titan Fighting Championships 17 event.
Officials today announced Lashley (5-1) fights M-1 Challenger James Jack (6-2-1) at the show.
The event takes place March 25 at Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
A previously announced bout between Phil Baroni and Nick Nolte co-headlines the show.
“We received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the MMA community following our HDNet debut on Jan. 28,” stated Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly, who featured an Abe Wagner vs. Tim Sylvia headliner this past month. “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 opened his MMA career in 2008 with five consecutive wins, including a first-round TKO of Wes Sims in his 2010 Strikeforce debut. But later that year, he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Chad Griggs and then severed ties with the promotion.
The Kansas native and amateur-wrestling champion at Missouri Valley College now fights close to home. Some questioned whether the former WWE fighter would give up the sport altogether.
Jack enters the fight on a four-fight win streak, though he hasn’t competed since December 2009. Five of his six wins have come via stoppage, four via knockout. One of his lone losses came to “The Ultimate Fighter 2” runner Brad Imes back in 2008.
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