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Shark Fights 21: Bobby Lashley vs. Mark Martinez set for heavyweight title fight Nov. 11

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar turned mixed martial artist, Bobby Lashley, finally has an opponent for his promotional debut with Shark Fights, which is set for this Friday (Nov. 11, 2011) from The Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas.

After his first two opponents withdrew from the fight, the former Strikeforce heavyweight will now take on up and coming heavyweight Mark Martinez out of Hobbs, New Mexico.

With a record of 4-1, Martinez, who fights out of The Works Mixed Martial Arts gym in Hobbs NM, is riding a four-fight win streak. "Big Bully" knocked out Josh Luna in his most recent outing under the King of the Cage banner back in April.

Lashley and Martinez will compete to become the Texas-based promotion's first-ever heavyweight champion. 

Lashley has not seen action since March 25, 2011, when he defeated John Ott via decision at Titan FC 17. Lashley was originally scheduled to meet UFC veteran Darrill Schoonover; however,  a shoulder injury to The Ultimate Fighter 10 (TUF) participant sent him to the sidelines.

Dave Huckaba was then pegged as a replacement, but then again, the match up was scratched, this time for undisclosed reasons.

Lashley definitely has his hands full, as the young up and coming heavyweight Mark Martinez tells MMAmania that he plans on stealing the spotlight and making the most of his opportunity by finishing the fight in the first round.

"I'm 6 ft 2 , 264 pounds and a on a four fight win streak. I feel like this guy is just standing in my way to the top. Names dont matter.  I will knock him out in the first round."

On the other hand, Lashley will attempt to pick up another win in hopes of making it back to the big show.

For more on Shark Fights 21, including the latest fight card updates, as well as all the news and notes you can handle, be sure to check out our complete archive right here.

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