Strikeforce officials had some matchmaking problems when the Florida State Boxing Commission vetoed the original fight between Lashley and Yohan Banks, stating that it was a clear mismatch. Shortly after, they've submitted a new opponent, in the journeyman super heavyweight, Jimmy Ambriz (14-12-1). The commission has approved the bout, but there may still be some issues as Strikeforce might still be considering other options:
The Florida State Boxing Commission officially has approved veteran fighter Jimmy Ambriz as an opponent for Bobby Lashley, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has confirmed with a commission official.
However, the fight currently is not signed, and sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com that Strikeforce officials may be exploring other options for Lashley.
It's twelve days before the event starts and the bout still hasn't been signed. A lot of people already dislike the choice of Ambriz, especially since he is going in on two weeks notice, sporting a not-so-stellar 'winning' record, and yet Strikeforce officials are still considering a new opponent at even shorter notice.
They already have the squash match approved by the commission, do they still have to bring in another guy who will leave his couch a week before he fights Bobby Lashley?