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Yohan Banks ruled out by FSBC, Bobby Lashley awaits opponent for Jan. 30


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Strikeforce officials today officially announced a six-bout preliminary card for the Jan. 30 "Strikeforce: Miami" event, but one final piece of the fight card puzzle has been pulled from the table.

 

MMAjunkie.com (http://www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that heavyweight Yohan Banks (2-1 MMA, 2-0 SF) was not approved by the Florida State Boxing Commission as an opponent for Bobby Lashley (4-0 MMA, 0-0 SF), and the former WWE star is still without an opponent for the event.

 

An FSBC representative said the decision to decline Banks as an opponent for Lashley was made based on a review of the fighters' records, at which point the commission "determined that the bout was not competitive."

 

Banks has fought twice under the Strikeforce banner in bouts contested on the promotion's "Young Guns" events, a now-defunct series that served as the predecessor to the current prospect-based "Challengers Series" events. Banks most recent outing was a 19-second knockout win over Michael Diaz in September 2008.

 

Meanwhile, Lashley has earned four-straight wins since turning pro in December 2008. While Lashley is often criticized for his performance in a lackluster March 2009 decision win over Jason Guida, the massive heavyweight's remaining three wins have all come by stoppage ? and in a combined time of 4:22.

 

Lashley now opponentless, thoughts?

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