Bobby Lashley’s Strikeforce contract has just expired and he is looking to hurry and get back into the ring, (or octagon). Lashley is already reporting that he has a tentative date of Dec. 10-11. Interestingly the 11th is UFC 124: St-Pierre vs. Koscheck II. The only problem with Lashley fighting for the UFC is he is still under a 90-day exclusive negotiations period. Here is what the heavyweight exactly said:

“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.”

“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.”

When Strikeforce CEO was asked about Lashley’s comments, Scott Coker had this to say:

“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.”

“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.”