A day after the Florida State Boxing Commission denied Yohan Banks the right to stand opposite Bobby Lashley at “Strikeforce: Miami,” reports are surfacing that Jimmy Ambriz has agreed to step-in on just 15 day’s notice to meet the TNA star.
FiveOuncesofPain.com has confirmed the heavyweight contest with a source close to one of the fighters, however no official word from Strikeforce regarding the matchup.
Ambriz, who holds a less than impressive 14-12-1 record, is a former King of the Cage super heavyweight champion and was last seen getting submitted by former UFC heavyweight top contender Jeff Monson at Total Combat 33 in July.
Lashley will be making his highly anticipated Strikeforce debut inside the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on the January 30th card, and although the former All-American wrestler doesn’t have too much MMA experience, the work he has put in at American Top Team has clearly paid dividends in his last two scraps as they both ended in 1stRound submissions.
Here are the other fighters that are expected to participate in the Showtime broadcast:
David Gomez vs. Craig Oxley
Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos da Matta
Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
Bobby Lashley vs. Jimmy Ambriz
Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy
Melvin Manhoef vs. Robbie Lawler
Marloes Coenen vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Strikeforce Women’s Champion)
Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis (Open Welterweight Title)