Despite MMA Success, Bobby Lashley Still Wants to Be a Pro Wrestler

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emfleek
7/21/09 8:14:50AM
Bobby Lashley officially announced that he signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling last week. In the above video, which aired on Sunday's "TNA: Victory Road" pay-per-view telecast, Lashley tells Brandon Tierney of ESPN Radio 1050 that he "always wanted to come back to wrestling."

The former World Wrestling Entertainment star also says that he would like to face current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in an MMA match because, "Brock is a champion; I would like to be a champion. So I'm watching everything Brock does, and eventually I do want to fight Brock for that title."

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finnish_line
7/21/09 9:24:35AM

Working for TNA takes a grand total of 3 days a month out of his schedule.

And I'm sure they're paying him $40,000 - $50,000 per month for that.

He's a lower level MMA fighter. Let him make as much money as he can.
Fahrenheit1221
7/21/09 11:58:36AM
Money talks.
zmazing17
7/21/09 1:21:05PM
I disagree. I think that if he ever wants to be taken seriously as a mma fighter than he needs to give up the pro wrestling.
D0wnUnd6e6r
7/21/09 1:30:07PM
Wasn't he claiming he wanted to destroy Brock like a week ago
McBee
7/21/09 1:37:01PM
Well Dana is going to demand an exclusive contract if he ever plans to be in the UFC, and maybe have a cooling off period from working with TNA and fighting in the UFC.

I am fine with getting pro wrestling fans, but do not want to ever be associated with it, I was even kind of annoyed when a guy at Sherdog kept on talking about wrestling in one of their radio shows. New people to MMA first question the reality of it, getting closer to wrestlng would only make it worse.

the "As Real as It Gets" tagline was created for a reason
finnish_line
7/21/09 3:00:23PM

Lashley knows he shouldn't be in UFC for another year or even two. He'll continue to fight in smaller MMA shows every few months.

He has a great opportunity to make some serious money in the meantime with very little effort.

More power to him.
McBee
7/21/09 3:07:07PM

Posted by finnish_line


Lashley knows he shouldn't be in UFC for another year or even two. He'll continue to fight in smaller MMA shows every few months.

He has a great opportunity to make some serious money in the meantime with very little effort.

More power to him.



The last article I read thinking about the future of fighting Brock a bunch of the posters were assuming it would be a year or less that Lashley would be in the UFC and I guess your comments kind of show that even Lashley understands that the will be longer road than that. I am guessing if Dana was talking to him he would most likely hold out for it. I do not see him in the UFC for a couple years even if his fights go well, if Affliction falls, only SF can give him the opponents and spotlight to make it to the UFC
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
7/21/09 9:56:23PM
I hope he does stick with MMA, I understand the money hes probably going to make in TNA but he was doing really good in MMA so I hope he returns to it soon and gets to the UFC soon as well
Shadymlm
7/22/09 4:23:18AM
I think this is a great move for Lashley. TNA's work schedule is very light so he get's paid good money for little work. And let's not forget the exposure he'll be getting which will make him even more valuable in the eyes of the UFC especially since TNA and UFC both air on spike TV. I think this move get's him in the UFC even faster and once he come's he'll get a high profile fight his first bout then probably fight Brock his second fight which IMO will smash PPV buy records

I used to watch wrestling and still do(once HBK comes back) and everyone thought that Bobby Lashley was just a bad attempt of replacing Brock. this would draw so many wrestling fans and MMA fans that it would be through the roof. All that aside it's also a fight that I wouldn't mind seeing both men are big and strong and as hell and Bobby showed he can Handle a big man in Bob Sapp granted Sapp's no Brock but he is still a huge fighter that Bobby controlled and kept on his back it's a fight I'd love to see anyone else?
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