The cage may have to be reinforced for the â€œUltimate Chaosâ€ headliner as former WWE star Bobby Lashley and mixed-martial-arts legend Bob â€œThe Beastâ€ Sapp battle June 27 on a pay-per-view event live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.
The 6-3, 265-pound Lashley, 3-time NCAA champion (1996-98) and 4-time All-America wrestler at Missouri Valley College, takes on the 6-4, 350-pound Sapp, who played in the NFL for four years before becoming an iconic combat fighter in Japan.
â€œUltimate Chaosâ€ is presented by Prize Fight MMA and Fight Force International.
After graduating from Missouri Valley College, Lashley joined the U.S. Army and was a two-time Armed Forces Champion and 2002 Military Games Championship silver medalist. Two years ago, Lashley became a WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) superstar, joining Donald Trump at Wrestlemania 23 in a bet against WWE president Vince McMahon. Lashley won the match and helped Trump shave McMahonâ€™s head in the ring. Lashley made his MMA debut last December 13, stopping Joshua Franklin only 0:41 into the opening round, and on March 21 he won a three-round decision versus 37-fight veteran Jason Guida in Pensacola, Fla.
Sapp starred as an offense lineman on the University of Washingtonâ€™s football team, winning the prestigious Morris Award. He was selected in the third round of the NFL draft in 1997 by the Chicago Bears. He turned to pro wrestling after football and was later recruited by Pride in Japan, where his incredible size, strength and bull-rush style made him an instant fan favorite. He went on to star in K-1 as well as become an actor, playing roles in movies like “The Longest Yard” and “Elektra.”
In the co-feature, controversial Dutch heavyweight Gilbert Yvel faces Brazilian striker Pedro Rizzo, former UFC heavyweight title challenger.
Lightweight Din Thomas, an alumnus of The Ultimate Fighter 4, meets former King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge champion Javier Vasquez, while Canadian lightweight prospect Chris Horodecki tangles with William Sriyapai.
Also fighting on the card, welterweights Brett Cooper and Waachim Spirit Wolf throw down, Affliction vice president Tom Atencio moves from the office to the cage against Randy Hedderick, middleweights James Oros and Colby McMahan also square-off.