Kansas City, KS - Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley has been pulled from his scheduled fight on July 29 at Titan Fighting Championship 19 (www.TitanFighting.com) due to personal reasons.
Lashley's next fight for the promotion will now take place on August 26 vs. a yet-to-be-announced opponent.
"Unfortunately, with the things going on in Bobby's life right now it was not the right time to have him fight," said Titan CEO Joe Kelly. "Bobby will be the main event on the next Titan FC card on August 26, which will take place in Kansas City and feature other top fighters such as L.C. Davis, Brian Davidson, Eric Marriott and many more."
With the withdrawal of Lashley comes a refurbished card for Titan FC 19 on Friday, July 29 at the historic Memorial Hall, to be televised live nationally on HDNet (www.HD.net) starting at 10 p.m. ET. The show will now feature two new main events.
Headlining the event will be James Krause, one of the best lightweight prospects in the U.S., taking on former King of the Cage champion and PRIDE veteran Clay French.
"The fight between Krause and French is one that will be action packed from the very start. These two guys are studs and the winner of this fight will find themselves on the top of everyone's radar," said Kelly.
The night's other main event will feature former Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (2-0) facing Kansas City native Tony Evinger (7-4) in a highly-anticipated female MMA contest. McMann became the first American woman in history to earn a silver medal in freestyle wrestling when she took second place at the Olympic games of 2004.
"Sara is an amazing talent and an American hero; I am very excited to add a fighter like her to the Titan roster. I feel that when it is all said and done Sara could be considered the best female fighter of all time." Kelly stated.
In Evinger, McMann will find herself across the cage across from a fighter who can also make the claim of being a standout amateur wrestler. An All-State competitor while in High School, Evinger was so accomplished that she was able to wrestle on the boy's team.
Despite the move from female competitors to male competition, Evinger remained dominant. She utilized her wrestling ability to catapult herself into a successful MMA career that afforded her an opportunity to fight Gina Carano on national television.
Fans in attendance at Memorial Hall or watching live on HDNet on July 19 will also be treated to a deep undercard that will feature UFC veteran Rob "The Rosedale Reaper" Kimmons (22-7) taking on WEC veteran Brendan Seguin (22-16-1).
Kimmons is widely considered the most accomplished mixed martial artist to come from Kansas City. KC fight fans are also familiar with Seguin, as he has made several appearances at Memorial Hall in the past and is best known for his upset victory over current Strikeforce fighter Bobby Voelker in April of 2010. Seguin will look to once again defeat one of Kansas City's best in their own hometown.
Tickets for "HDNet Presents: Titan Fighting Championship 19" start at just $35 and are currently on-sale at Ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets, as well as the Memorial Hall box office. For more information on Titan FC 19, please visit www.TitanFighting.com; "like" Titan Fighting on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/TitanFighting); or follow Titan on Twitter @TitanFighting.
The current card for Titan Fighting Championship 19 is as follows:
- "The" James Krause (12-3) vs. Clay French (17-6) at 160 lbs.
- Sara McMann (2-0) vs. Tonya Evinger (7-4) at 140 lbs.
- Rob "The Rosedale Reaper" Kimmons (22-7) vs. Brendan Seguin (22-16-1) at 185 lbs.
- Joe "The Nose" Wilk (12-5) vs. Willian DeSouza (3-3) at 145 lbs.
- Nick Nolte (3-3) vs. Marcio Navarro (8-5) at 170 lbs.
- Daniel Gallemore (0-0) vs. Alex Huddelston (0-0) at 265 lbs.
- Anthony "Sharkbait" Gutierrez (2-0) vs. Cody Land (4-0) at 135 lbs.