Three-fight UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 alum, Wes Sims.
The announcement comes with little more than one week until Strikeforce: "Miami" is set to go down from the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30.
Yohan Banks was originally expected to take on Lashley; however, the Florida Boxing Commission rejected him as a worthy opponent. Mixed martial arts journeyman, Jimmy Ambriz, was later approved by the commission, but Strikeforce apparently wanted to go in a different direction.
Enter "A Whole Show."
Sims is the prototypical journeyman fighter, having competed under the IFL, K-1 and UFC banners, among others. This, however, will mark his Strikeforce debut.
Besides his bizarre episodes with former UFC Heavyweight champ Frank Mir, Sims is probably best known for his recent appearance on TUF 10. On the show, Sims surprisingly lost his first fight to the comparatively inexperienced Justin Wren.
Sims had won his last three fights before appearing on the mixed martial arts reality series.
Lashley, who also moonlights as a "face" for TNA Wrestling, 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."
His most recent fight came against 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.
Standing in his way is the colorful 37-fight veteran.
Strikeforce: "Miami" features a main event between Nick Diaz and DREAM Welterweight Champion Marius Zaromskis for the promotion's vacant 170-pound world title. Female powerhouse Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will put her 145-pound title on the line against Marloes Coenen in the co-featured fight of the night.
In addition, feared K-1 striker "Marvelous" Melvin Manhoef will make his Strikeforce debut opposite the power-punching "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler. And joining them on the main card is the welterweight showdown between Jay "The Thoroughbred" Hieron and Joe "Diesel" Riggs.
Not too shabby.
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