Former WWE Champion and recent MMA star Bobby Lashley sat down with Pro MMA Radio (prommaradio.com) and host Larry Pepe to discuss Ken Shamrock, the Jason Guida fight, WWE, Brock Lesnar, and all the new things he learns as a fighter on a daily basis.
Bobby Lashley has shown his knack for hard work as a member of the United States Army, as a three time National wrestling champion at Missouri Valley College, and now as a professional MMA fighter.
Lashley was originally scheduled to fight UFC veteran Ken Shamrock on Saturday, March 21 in Pensacola, Florida at “March Badness”. Both fighters agreed to the fight only about three weeks prior to the scheduled match and were ready for battle.
That is when news came out Ken Shamrock tested positive for steroids and would not be allowed to fight, leaving Lashley with no opponent, “To tell you the truth I actually didn’t think the fight was gonna go through. I mean like a week out of the fight, a little more than a week out of the fight with all the names being thrown at me and nothing coming through I really thought they were going to cancel it. Especially when Shamrock fell through, I was like well ya know I gotta continue training a little bit, but its hard to really focus on training when you dont have an opponent or a possibility of an opponent,” Lashley said.
Once Lashley did have an opponent he was happy but that did not last long because his opponent was MMA veteran Jason Guida. Guida was a formidable light heavyweight contender, but he loved to talk trash and Lashley admitted that he allowed Guida to get in his head.
“Well ya know it ticked me off a little bit because it started bringing emotions into it a little bit more. He kinda pissed me off a little bit and I shouldn’t have even let that get to me but he egged me a little bit. For me the kind of person I am, the kind of fighter I am, the kinda of wrestler I am, I have always gone into wrestling or any one of my practices in a good mood. Everybody always sees me in a good mood cause I can move smooth and I can strike and I even joke around while I am training,” Lashley said.
Lashley continued on to say that he was not thrilled with his performance because even though the fight was three rounds, he felt he should be able to go for more than six rounds and should not have been as gassed. Even though he won he believes that there is a lot he can improve upon.
He also says it is rather ridiculous many people believe just because he was in the WWE that takes away everything he had done previously. He is grateful for the WWE because he was able to go there after his college wrestling and make millions.
Lashley may have limited experience as a fighter but his hard work, strength, and natural size could make him a power in MMA for years to come. If he stays in MMA that is.
Larry pressed Lashley about recent comments where he said he missed pro wrestling and wanted to know if his heart was really in MMA or was it more of something he just wanted to “try out”. Lashley confirmed he was now “an MMA fighter” and it was his single focus. However, he definitely is not ruling out a return to pro wrestling.
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