Lashley scratched from Titan FC 19; French vs. Krause, Evinger vs. McMann headline

Former professional wrestling superstar Bobby Lashley (6-1) has been forced to withdraw from next week's Titan Fighting Championship 19 event due to personal reasons.

Titan Fighting Championship officials on Friday morning announced the heavyweight's removal from the card, simultaneously promoting a 160-pound catchweight fight between Clay French (18-6) and James Krause (12-3) to the evening's main event.

A female scrap between Tonya Evinger (8-5) and Olympic wrestling silver medalist Sara McMann (2-0).

Lashley is now expected to return to action at Titan Fighting Championship 20, which takes place Aug. 26.

"Unfortunately, with the things going on in Bobby's life right now, it was not the right time to have him fight," Titan CEO Joe Kelly stated. "Bobby will be the main event on the next Titan FC card on Aug. 26, which will take place in Kansas City and feature other top fighters such as L.C. Davis, Brian Davidson, Eric Marriott and many more."

Lashley had been expected to face Eddie Sanchez (12-5). It's currently unknown if the UFC vet will remain on board for the August date.

Big-show veterans French and Krause now headline the event, which takes place July 29 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan. The night's main card airs on HDNet.

"The fight between Krause and French is one that will be action-packed from the very start," Kelly stated. "These two guys are studs and the winner of this fight will find themselves on the top of everyone's radar."

Supporting bouts also announced include Rob Kimmons (23-7) vs. Brendan Seguin (22-17-1), Willian de Souza (1-1) vs. Joe Wilk (11-6), Marcio Navarro (7-5) vs. Nick Nolte (3-3), Daniel Gallemore (0-0) vs. Alex Huddelston (0-0) and Anthony Gutierrez (2-0) vs. Cody Land (4-0).

With the changes, the latest lineup for Titan Fighting Championship 19 includes:
  • James Krause vs. Clay French
  • Tonya Evinger vs. Sara McMann
  • Rob Kimmons vs. Brendan Seguin
  • Willian de Souza vs. Joe Wilk
  • Marcio Navarro vs. Nick Nolte
  • Daniel Gallemore vs. Alex Huddelston
  • Anthony Gutierrez vs. Cody Land
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rockwell on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:32 am ET
Bobby Lashley, LOL.

madman81 on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:37 am ET
Lashley needs to go back to WWE Wreslin'...Now I know why he never made it to the UFC.

ThePirate on Jul 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm ET
Before, it was always "TBA" regarding his opponents.  Then, something happened.  Lashley received a cut during his match with Chad Griggs.  Once he figured out that it was "his" blood, Lashley got bug-eyed and proceeded to take a butt whippin'.  He confirmed what most fans already knew and was exposed as just another wanna-be MMA fighter.  But have no fear, the article notes that he will be in the main event at Titan FC20.  It's all just too humorous.    

Jak on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:03 am ET
Wow... gassing before the show even starts is pretty bad.

He reminds me of me when I was 19 and bailed on work commitments on a consistent basis.

broncojd78 on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:54 am ET
his testosterone levels haven't come back down?

TheLastEmperor5 on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:10 pm ET
It's still over 9000!!!

DrLipschitz on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm ET
Nah the scouter is just malfunctioning

Senator on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm ET
Lol @ gassing before the fight starts! Well said.  I'll give him the benefit of the doubt, something must be up if he's willing to pass on paycheck as they have been few and far between.   Sucks for the smaller organizations, can't say I'm very interested in the card now and this after a disappointing card was announced by Shark Fights yesterday... I had much higher hopes for those two organizations, hopefully in time they will improve.

treats on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:29 am ET
I don't understand what this guy does, he should be in pro wrestling making money instead of pulling out of every MMA fight he has.  Personal reasons, if you're not injured stfu and fight 

UFCisSHADY on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:32 am ET
Evinger vs McMann saves this card.

ThePsycho on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:08 am ET
Go McMann, Evinger is one crazy person outside the cage.

Melvinj0 on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:33 am ET
Bobby Lashley Vs Shane Del Rosario
Bobby Lashley Vs Ron Sparks
Bobby Lashley Vs Jimmy Ambriz
Bobby Lashley Vs Ken Shamrock
Bobby Lashley Vs Eddie Sanchez

I swear this idiot have more scratched fights than almost any other fighter out there.

Kobi123 on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:31 am ET
yeah, although Sherk does come close
it kinda sucks for me that lashley didn't make it big in MMA, i mean i was a WWE fan before watching MMA and i would have loved seeing Brock Lesner vs Lashley, just let them see how hitting eachother for real feels for a change. I hope Lashley will grow up already and get back into strikeforce, so he can be there when they merge it with the UFC.

xXThaidaXx on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:05 pm ET
Wow all those eh? eesh his career is bleak never gonna get better from droppin out of fights.

mizzel on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:35 am ET
what ever bob

ShogunTHEbestEVER on Jul 22, 2011 at 9:47 am ET
just stop with MMA

Goatboy on Jul 22, 2011 at 10:10 am ET
Of course he pulled out.. Eddie Sanchez probably would have TKO'd his ass.

emeraldgsl on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:19 am ET
Mora than likely.

emeraldgsl on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:19 am ET

GNP45 on Jul 22, 2011 at 11:52 am ET
f*ck this guy, he's such a quitter, he prob dropped out of this fight cause he realized it might be easier to fight some can in august, what a joke.

Velociraptor on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:53 pm ET
+100. No sympathy for this guy, I'm was so happy when Griggs finished him

DrLipschitz on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:40 pm ET
It was more along the lines of he finished himself

xXThaidaXx on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:03 pm ET
Can really care less bout him use that personal reason to beat ur opponent hommie!

Fahad on Jul 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm ET
Why didn't bobby cross the road? He was afraid he would gas

retrofitting123 on Jul 22, 2011 at 6:47 pm ET
hahahaaha^^^^^^^, he is just such a failure in mma, its crazy, and then he pullls from half his fights.i would make my list of wws and mws and lhws that can beat him again but i dont feel like it

CobaltCobra11 on Jul 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm ET
Personal reason    hah,he personally thought we cud be payed more and when he found out he waznt he decided to not fight at all,wat a smart way to handle your mma career,he shud take a couple of fight s (like someone said)then join strikeforce before they merge/fold them together that wud b the smart route to go.

Rookerman on Jul 22, 2011 at 7:14 pm ET
Lashley needs to cut his losses and move on from MMA. He is literally a worse fighter than Kimbo Slice was. The sad thing is Lashley actually claimed he was the best at one point.

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