Bobby Lashley vs Ron Sparks official for Strikeforce: 'Los Angeles' on June 16

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The search for a suitable opponent for Strikeforce heavyweight Bobby Lashley seems to have gone a bit smoother this time around. 

After weeks of a back-and-forth between Strikeforce and The Florida State Boxing Commission in an attempt to find the former TNA wrestler a justified opponent for Strikeforce: "Miami" in which both parties finally agreed on Wes Sims with just days to spare, Strikeforce found the selection of Lashley's second challenge with the promotion much easier.

Unbeaten heavyweight Ron Sparks was officially announced as Bobby's opponent for Strikeforce: "Los Angeles" earlier today.

Lashley is of course coming off of his dismantling of Sims back at Strikeforce: "Miami" in January as he easily disposed of the former UFC fighter in the first round.

"The Dominator" entered the world of cage fighting back in Dec. 2008 as a co-headliner for South Florida's Mixed Fighting Alliance (MFA). The 6'3" powerhouse needed just 41-seconds to extirpate Joshua Franklin via doctor's stoppage.

Of course comparisons to fellow ex-WWE and amateur wrestler Brock Lesnar quickly followed, as the pasty-faced Goliath needed just four fights to win the UFC heavyweight championship from Randy Couture just a month prior to Lashley's MMA debut.

 

Those comparisons were quickly eradicated courtesy of Jason Guida at "March Badness" earlier this year. Most expected the American Top Team-trained fighter in just his second professional fight to steamroll the floundering journeyman.

It didn't happen.

Despite taking the unanimous decision victory, "The Dominator" looked a bit green against the Ultimate Fighter washout and nearly succumbed to a guillotine choke in the third round of their pay-per-view contest.

His inexperience was clearly evident.

What was also evident was his desire to fight -- and improve. The Junction City, Kansas native took a fight against Mike Cook just two months later, submitting the Strikeforce veteran just 24-seconds into the first round at MFC 21: "Hard Knocks."

He then took on K-1 attraction Bob Sapp in the main event of "Ultimate Chaos" back on June 27. "The Beast" was put down in the first round via technical knockout and along with the quick win over Mike Cook, helped return some of the optimism to Lashley's future as a viable heavyweight contender.

His opponent, Ron Sparks, carries a 5-0 record while standing 6'5" and weighing in at 285 lbs.

"The Monster" was scheduled to face Ray Mercer at a King of the Cage event last month but the bout was scrapped due to an injury suffered by "Merciless."

Four of Sparks' five victories have ended via KO or TKO in 70 seconds or less. 

Keep it locked to MMAmania.com for more news on Strikeforce: "Los Angeles" as it's made available.

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