Wes Sims Likely To Step Up Against Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce: Miami

Mitchell Ciccarelli@@mitchciccarelliAnalyst IJanuary 20, 2010

This article was originally featured on fiveknuckles.com

From Yohan Banks to Jimmy Ambriz, it seems Strikeforce has finally found a worthy opponent for unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley.

MMAFrenzy reported that UFC veteran Wes "A-Whole Show" Sims will step up on short notice to fight the NCAA wrestling standout on Jan. 30 in Miami.

The fight has not been officially announced, but it is believed that Strikeforce officials are in the process of finalizing the bout for the televised event on Showtime.

A nine-year veteran of the sport, Sims is most remembered for his two UFC fights with former champion Frank Mir and for his recent appearance on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV.

Sims was easily defeated by Justin Wren in a preliminary fight on season 10 but the bout was considered an exhibition contest and did not count against his record.

Prior to competing on The Ultimate Fighter, Sims compiled three straight victories in smaller shows and will be looking to make it four in a row against the monstrous Lashley.

Of course, the FSBC (Florida State Boxing Commission) will have to approve the fight first but there should be no reason to believe that they will not allow the seasoned veteran to step into the cage against Lashley.

The FSBC last week declined Yohan Banks as an opponent for Lashley, saying the fight "wouldn't be competitive," then shorty after approved Jimmy Ambriz, but that matchup has been scrapped for unknown reasons.

Sims may not be anywhere near the top 20, but he can certainly be considered a tougher challenge than both Banks and Ambriz combined.

Plus with his TUF: Heavyweights appearance still fresh in the minds of fans, Sims will enter the cage with name recognition and marketability which neither Banks nor Ambriz possessed.

If signed, the bout finalizes the fight card for "Strikeforce: Miami ," which is headlined by Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for the Strikeforce welterweight title and also features 145-pound women's champ Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos vs. Marloes Coenen.