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Tuesday, 06/25/2013, 10:32 am

Bobby Lashley Returns To MMA Action On The 29th


Rising mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Global Warrior Challenge (GWC) is excited to announce that MMA/pro wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley will be competing at its inaugural MMA event, “THE BRITISH INVASION: U.S. vs. U.K.,” which will take over the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, June 29th. Though Lashley’s opponent is still in process of being finalized, the bout will surely only add to the action-packed fights already scheduled , which will feature some of the best fighters from the United States and the United Kingdom as they battle each other in a country versus country format. The first in a series of country versus country events put on by GWC, the main event of this fight card will feature former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco “Suave” Rodriguez, who will try to stop the young and powerful rising star Marcin Lazarz. In the co-main event, 12-year fight veteran Jimmy Ambriz will face off with the likes of UFC® vet Oli Thompson.

There are many other well-known MMA stars competing on this incredible fight card, including Kendall Grove, Drew Fickett, Andre Winner, Jake Heun, L.C. Davis, and many more.

The official weigh-ins for this event will be held at the Pepper Mill & Co. Restaurant, located in Atchison, Kansas. VIP tickets will be available for those that wish to meet the fighters. This will be a community event for all ages, and open to the public, with tons of food and fun.

“THE BRITISH INVASION: U.S. VS. U.K.” will take place on Saturday, June 29th, live at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Doors will open at 7 PM, and the first bout is scheduled for 7:30 PM. Tickets for this electrifying event are on sale right now through www.SprintCenter.com, charge-by-phone at (888) 929-7849, or in-person at the Sprint Center Box Office. Ticket prices are $37, $52, $62, $77, $92, and $102.

This highly-anticipated MMA showdown will be beamed on Pay Per View on cable and satellite in the United States and Canada. The event will be in High Definition, and it will be available in both English and Spanish (where available). “THE BRITISH INVASION: U.S. VS. U.K.” will be distributed live on Pay Per View beginning at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST by Multi Vision Media, Inc. The suggested retail price is $29.95. It will be available in over 80 million households via IN DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV, and DISH Network. The Executive Producer of the event is Brian Ricco.

Bobby Lashley (8-2 (2 T/KO’s, 4 submissions, 2 decisions) is a freak athlete who’s natural talents combined with his top tier work ethic have propelled him to the elite level of amateur wrestling, pro wrestling, and now mixed martial arts. A drawing card no matter what sports he’s participating in, Lashley transcends the simple label of “athlete.”

Lashley attended Missouri Valley College, where he won three national college amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998. In 1997 and 1998 he was the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Wrestling Champion. Lashley later joined the United States Army, where he continued to wrestle. A 2004 Olympic hopeful, a knee injury ended those plans, and he turned his attention toward pro wrestling.

In 2004, the 6’2,” 260-plus Lashley signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and went on to eventually win two ECW World Championships and the WWE United States Championship. Among his many memorable moments in the WWE, Lashley was part of the main event in what is largely considered the biggest Wrestlemania in history, as he defended Donald Trump’s hair against WWE CEO Vince McMahon in the legendary Hair vs. Hair match at Wrestlemania 23 in 2007.

A member of American Top Team Altitude in Colorado, Lashley made his pro MMA debut as a heavyweight in December 2008, winning a 41-second TKO over Joshua Franklin. Since then he has battled veterans such as Jason Guida, Bob Sapp, Wes Sims, Chad Griggs, James Thompson and more. Six of Lashley’s eight wins have come via stoppage, including four in the first round. Lashley last fought on June 7 when he stopped 19-fight veteran Kevin Asplund via second round submission.

As an actor Lashley has appeared in such films as the 2010 MMA-themed movie “Beatdown,” also starring Michael Bisping, Mike Swick and Heath Herring, the 2011 movie “Blood Out,” also starring Val Kilmer and 50 Cent, and most recently, the 2012 comedy “Walk-ins Welcome” directed by Jonathan Stein.

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