Lashley to Challenge Schoonover for HW Title at Shark Fights 21

By Mike Whitman Oct 12, 2011
Former pro-wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley will return to mixed martial arts action on Nov. 11, when the hulking wrestler will challenge Darrill Schoonover for the Shark Fights heavyweight title at Shark Fights 21.

The Texas-based promotion announced the matchup on Wednesday, along with a light heavyweight championship co-main event that features Tony Bonello taking on David Roberts for the vacant 205-pound strap.

Shark Fights 21 will emanate from Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas, and will air via tape delay on Fuel TV beginning Dec. 23.

“This is going to be a huge night of fights. We wanted to end the year strong with two championship fights in one night,” stated Shark Fights executive Wes Nolan in an official release. “Shark Fights is excited to be going back to Lubbock, Texas. The fans in Lubbock have always been supportive of Shark Fights, and we want to put on the biggest show possible for them.”

Nearly a three-year pro, Lashley came to MMA in 2008 following a stint in World Wrestling Entertainment WWE. The bulging former NAIA amateur wrestling champion rattled off five straight wins to begin his MMA career, besting the likes of Jason Guida, Bob Sapp and Wes Sims before suffering his first career defeat to Chad Griggs in an August 2010 Strikeforce bout. Lashley rebounded from the defeat by outpointing John Ott in March of this year, battering his much smaller foe en route to a unanimous decision victory at Titan Fighting Championship 17.

Schoonover is best known for his time on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10, during which he finished Zak Jensen before falling to Marcus Jones. His lone official bout in the Octagon came during the season finale, where he was knocked out by fellow cast member James McSweeney in the third round. The defeat sparked a five-fight skid for the fighter, which recently ended with a win over Adam Padilla on July 9.

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