The current TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Bobby Lashley (10-2) will be making his Bellator debut on September 5th at Bellator 123. The heavyweight last competed in MMA on November of 2013, and is currently riding a 3-fight win streak.
The 38 year old has bounced around MMA promotions since his debut in 2008–fighting for promotions such as MFC, Strikeforce, Titan FC, and Super Fight League. A former Shark Fights Heavyweight Champion, Lashley is also decorated in the amateur wrestling world—winning 3 NAIA Collegiate National Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998.
Bobby Lashley’s opponent will be Josh Burns (8-7), who is still seeking his first Bellator win in this his 5th fight inside the promotion. Burns has lost to Eric Prindle, Thiago Santos, Rich Hale, and most recently Raphael Butler in his last fight. He too has not competed since November of 2013. The Hammer House heavyweight has 6 finishes (4 TKO) to his record, conversely he has been finished in all 7 of his losses.
Lashley returned to TNA, which also airs on Spike TV, in June of 2014, and recently won the TNA heavyweight championship in June, defeating former champion Eric Young.
Bobby Lashley’s debut will air on the Spike TV main card portion of Bellator 123, which is headlined by a featherweight title rematch between Pat Curran and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.