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WWE's Bobby Lashley signs with American Fight League

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment performer and decorated amateur wrestler Bobby Lashley is the latest signing for the Kentucky-based American Fight League.

A source close to the 31-year-old told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Lashley will be introduced as an AFL signee -- perhaps the organization's biggest to date -- during tonight's "Bulletproof" show at Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

Rumors of Lashley's possible transition into MMA heated up over the past month, but few expected such a high-profile figure to sign with an organization so new to the national scene.

AFL officials declined to comment today, but one executive said some "major signings" will be announced at tonight's show, which features a main event between AFL lightweight champ and former UFC fighter Diego Saraiva.

Terms of Lashley's contract aren't known, but it's expected to be a non-exclusive deal.

Lashley, a two-time NAIA national wrestling champion while at Missouri Valley College, also won two armed-forces titles while serving in the U.S. Army. He signed with the WWE in 2003 and debuted with the organization in 2005. His character won titles in both the WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling organizations.http://mmajunkie.com/news/4460/wwes-bobby-lashley-signs-with-american-fight-league.mma

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Lashly vs Lesner LMAO. That would be some good stuff

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Posted by chubbud22

Lashly vs Lesner LMAO. That would be some good stuff



it'd b the 1st legit fight between pro wrestlers i've ever seen

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ah i hope he signs with ufc after he gets a few good wins.

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I wonder who Lashley is training with. Brock had some good people to train with when he was making the transition. No doubt Lashley will be strong, and have good wrestling.

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I've never heard of American Fight League. And I doubt that I'm the only one.

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Posted by ohiostate1016

I've never heard of American Fight League. And I doubt that I'm the only one.



It's weird, because my brother who is not very knowledgeable about MMA called me today saying he got front row tickets at work for the American Fight League event tonight. I had no idea what it was, and I was pretty shocked to see it on the front page here.

And for Lashley vs. Lesnar...isn't Lashley back down to 170?

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"His character won titles in both the WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling organizations"

Well, he must be a good young MMA prospect then. Yawn

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Thats cool, I think this guy could do some damage.

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Posted by gartface


Posted by ohiostate1016

I've never heard of American Fight League. And I doubt that I'm the only one.



It's weird, because my brother who is not very knowledgeable about MMA called me today saying he got front row tickets at work for the American Fight League event tonight. I had no idea what it was, and I was pretty shocked to see it on the front page here.

And for Lashley vs. Lesnar...isn't Lashley back down to 170?



I have no idea bro; I did not know Lashley cut weight, or anything. If he is 170 he will be strong for his weight class.

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Posted by thatfedorsohotrightnow

"His character won titles in both the WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling organizations"

Well, he must be a good young MMA prospect then. Yawn


knew there would be 1 hater, i get the joke but its just padding and general info to the article, people really shouldnt be snobby about guys from WWE etc making it in mma, they are wrestlers, which is the best base for mma impo, i wouldnt be surprised to see this guy do well

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Posted by CornishMMA


Posted by thatfedorsohotrightnow

"His character won titles in both the WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling organizations"

Well, he must be a good young MMA prospect then. Yawn


knew there would be 1 hater, i get the joke but its just padding and general info to the article, people really shouldnt be snobby about guys from WWE etc making it in mma, they are wrestlers, which is the best base for mma impo, i wouldnt be surprised to see this guy do well



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My yawn had more to do with the fact Lashley is almost 32. Don't see his background and age translating well. Also, the size he wrestled at in college was radically different from his WWE days.

Also he will be fighting 100% pure cans in a promotion I have never heard of. That equals yawn.

I don't hate on Lesnar or Kimbo. I hate on a case by case basis.

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Posted by CornishMMA


Posted by thatfedorsohotrightnow

"His character won titles in both the WWE and Extreme Championship Wrestling organizations"

Well, he must be a good young MMA prospect then. Yawn


knew there would be 1 hater, i get the joke but its just padding and general info to the article, people really shouldnt be snobby about guys from WWE etc making it in mma, they are wrestlers, which is the best base for mma impo, i wouldnt be surprised to see this guy do well



I am a hater for not caring about an actor coming to a small promotion?

My problem with listing "titles won" in WWE is that it makes it sound like it is an accomplishment in sports. It is not. The focus should be on Lashley's real credentials.

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Good to hear. I've heard in many articles he is taking this very seriously. After some good wins in the AFL he could have a ticket to the UFC next. Down the road Lashley vs. Lesnar could be a cash cow. Can't wait to see what he can do in MMA.

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