Saturday, November 5, 2011

Steven Morrocco: Shark Fights 21's Bobby Lashley without opponent as Dave Huckaba scratches

Things never seem to come easy for Bobby Lashley (6-1) when it comes to MMA.

The heavyweight is again without an opponent at Shark Fights 21 after his scheduled opponent, Dave Huckaba (16-4), withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Sources close to the event today confirmed the change with (

Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.

That's the third opponent to fall by the wayside in Lashley's first MMA fight in eight months. The former WWE entertainer originally was scheduled to meet Darrill Schoonover at the Nov. 11 event before a shoulder injury sidelined him.

Then rumors had Lashley paired with UFC vet Tim Hague, but Shark Fights officials quickly denied the fight had ever been booked. After that came the Huckaba booking, which served as the first obligation of a three-fight deal Lashley signed with Shark Fights in September.

After transitioning from pro wrestling to MMA, Lashley went undefeated in his first five fights before Chad Griggs outworked him to earn a TKO victory at "Strikeforce: Houston."

Lashley, who owns victories over the likes of Bob Sapp and Wes Sims, was a two-time NAIA national wrestling champion who also wrestled for the U.S. Army. That ultimately led to a WWE contract in 2004.