Former WWE and TNA wrestler turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley will step back in the cage next tonight – but he didn’t know who is his opponent would be until just a week ago.
Kansas City-based heavyweight James Jack (6-2) had been scheduled to fight Lashley in the main event of Titan Fighting Championship 17 but has been pulled from the show and replaced by John Ott (9-7).
According to a press release from Titan Fights, James Jack’s departure from the card comes under “questionable circumstances” after the organization was unable to reach him for several weeks leading up to the fight.
Ott, who normally competes in the 185 and 205 lbs. divisions, is currently walking at 225 lbs.
“John might be a little heavy for the fight but the extra weight he is carrying is all muscle,” said Kelly. “From a pure strength standpoint, he will be able to go in and compete with Bobby. His strong amateur wrestling credentials will also potentially allow him to neutralize Bobby’s takedowns and force the fight to stay on the feet.”
Titan Fighting Championship will air live on HDNet on tonight at 10pm ET.