Bobby Lashley Says He's Fighting Outside of Strikeforce This December

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Shortly after his Strikeforce contract has expired, Bobby Lashley has announced that he's fighting again this December:

"I'm so happy to say I will be fighting again December 10 or 11. I will have all the details within the next few days."

Lashley talked more about this to sherdog:

"I have to stay busy after my last fight. This year has been tough with the injuries I've had; plus I got mono. I've started back with my training and there have been a couple of fights come up that I've given a thumbs up to, and I've tentatively got a fight scheduled. It's December 10th or 11th, but I have to wait on saying who it's with. There's two different organizations that I'm talking to. I have to get out there and fight. I asked Strikeforce for a rematch (with Griggs), but I'm not sure if it's in the works."

Scott Coker though, says that since they're still under the 90-day exclusive negotiating period, if the former WWE star wants to fight outside of Strikeforce, he will still have to get their approval first:

"I haven't heard anything about it and we don't have an event [on Dec. 10-11]," said Coker. "Any kind of an announcement on Bobby's part might be a bit premature. Bobby can take a fight in a smaller place or another promotion, but I think he'd need to get our approval first. We do let our fighters under contract fight for other organizations, but we have a lot invested in them and should have the right to approve where and when they fight."

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"Bobby doesn't have any fights left on his deal, but we're talking with him about getting more fights. We've been talking [since after the Griggs fight]. The discussions have been friendly, but we just have to get everyone on the same page when it comes to value. I think there's a lot of fight left in Bobby. I just think that in this sport, sometimes you have to take a step backward to take two steps forward."

I guess what we could get from this is that a.) Strikeforce is still interested in re-signing Lashley as long as he lowers his asking price, and b.) Lashley still wants to continue fighting regardless. I guess this is a good sign, considering all that talk about him stepping away from MMA and back to pro-wrestling,

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