Strikeforce Won't Be Risking Bobby Lashley Against Shane del Rosario

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Zach Krantz is disappointed that Bobby Lashley won't be making his Strikeforce debut against up and comer Shane del Rosario:

When this fight was first reported I credited Strikeforce for putting together solid fight where they had a lot to gain and something to lose as well.  It was a risky endeavor as they were facing off a marketing tool (Lashley) against a legitimate opponent.  If it is Strikeforce that pulled this fight off the table then it perpetuates what many people already believe.  The common critique of Strikeforce and many of their shows is they cake walk their top fighters with weak competition and the reason fans are provided with exciting finishes is due to lack of competitiveness if the cage. 

The other possibility is Lashley's camp agreed to the fight not knowing who Rosario was and after further insight they realized it might be too risky for Bobby at this point in his career.

I have to disagree with Zach here. Strikeforce was guilty of very poor match-making by throwing the very green and untested, but high profile Bobby Lashley in against del Rosario who is a very dangerous undefeated fighter.

Lashley is no Brock Lesnar (as I've blogged before) and if he's going to reach his commercial and athletic potential in MMA, he needs to be brought along slowly and fed a series of beatable, but increasingly formidable challengers. Lashley vs del Rosario wasn't a good match for either fighter and I'm glad it's not happening.

If del Rosario had beaten Lashley, most fans would just write off Lashley rather than giving Shane credit for beating a tough opponent.


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