Bellator MMA announced today that superstar heavyweight Bobby Lashley (12-2) has signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion. Lashley is a perfect 2-0 under the Bellator banner, and 10 of his 12 victories have come by way of stoppage.
The 6’3 wrestling standout started training in the sport at age 12, and would go on to win several titles including three National Championships at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA National Championship, a CISM World Championship Silver Medal and a two-time Armed Forces Wrestling Championship when he served in the United States Army.
With his amazing wrestling pedigree, “The Dominator” signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2004 and made his professional debut for the organization in 2005. Lashley would go on to fight for ECW and TNA as well, but wanted to prove himself in the world of MMA.
In 2008, Lashley began training in MMA full time with the American Top Team (ATT) gym in Coconut Creek Florida. He would later open his own ATT gym in Denver, CO, and trains between the two facilities with several respected athletes including Josh Barnett, Antonio “Big Foot Silva”, and Todd Duffee.
“I’ve had two fights with Bellator, and I’m happy to be calling the promotion my home,” said Lashley. “Scott Coker and the company have really reignited my desire to fight and I’m looking forward to a huge year with some dominant wins.”
This Sunday sees a clash of the Heavyweights as James Thompson takes on Bobby Lashley at Super Fight League 3 at the IGI Stadium in New Deli. Fight fans from around the world can tune in and watch the action live and free on YouTube at 18.45 Indian Standard Time (IST) 06.15am PDT, 13.15 GMT on Sunday 6th May.
SFL CEO Ken Pavia said, “Our goal is to improve with every event and we believe that we are
continuing to realize this objective. Our international card is the best that has been offered outside of North America this year. This card has something for everyone, world class strikes, collegiate and professional champion wrestlers, submission specialists, prospects and experienced veterans. SFL 3 is sure to deliver pure entertainment for the MMA enthusiast as well as the newer fans.”
In the main card, former WWE Champion Bobby ‘The Dominator’ Lashley takes on battle tested British Heavyweight James ‘The Colossus’ Thompson in a headline battle of the Heavyweights. Lashley is not underestimating his opponent, having trained for a stand up battle or a wrestling gala whist Thompson, fresh off a win over Bob Sapp at SFL 1, is predicting a three round war.
Hit the jump for the full card and more details on who is fighting! (more…)
India’s first MMA Organization Super Fight League (SFL) is proud to announce the following fights have been confirmed for SFL 3 taking place at the IGI Stadium, New Delhi on Sunday 6th May: Bobby Lashley V James Thompson (HW/ Main Event), Trevor Prangley V Baga Agaev (LH), Doug Marshall V Zelg Galesic (MW) and Lena Ovchynnikova V Joanne Calderwood (125lb). Fight fans from all over the world can tune in and watch the event live and free on May 6 on the official SFL YouTube channel.
Before making the jump into MMA in 2008, Lashley shot to world fame in professional wrestling. Fighting out of American Top Team Altitude, former WWE Champion and current Shark Fights Heavyweight Champion Bobby ‘The Dominator’ Lashley (7-1) is set to make an impact on the SFL Heavyweight scene in the SFL 3 main event.
A promising amateur and collegiate wrestler, Lashley was snapped up and trained by World Wrestling Entertainment where he was a multiple ECW World and Unites States Champion, touring the world performing to millions before making the transition from Pro Wrestling to MMA in 2008 where he has secured notable wins over Wes Sims, Jason Guida and most recently Karl Knothe.
Up against Lashley and fresh from a first round submission victory over Bob Sapp at SFL 1 is experienced British Heavyweight James ‘The Colossus’ Thompson (17 -14) who will be looking to come into this fight faster, leaner and going for the KO. Thompson fought Bob Sapp on the SFL debut show not that long ago, which you can relive above!
Details on the other bouts (which are actually much better than the main event) after the jump! (more…)
Evgeni Kogan, director of operations for M-1 Global, told Sergio Non of USA Today the following:
“There are currently no concrete conversations about Bobby being the next opponent for Fedor,” Kogan wrote, adding that Emelianenko probably will fight two or three times this year. Possible locations for the summer fight include Monaco and Russia, according to Kogan.
This does not necessarily mean the fight will not happen, but it looks like it is not going down anytime soon. Fedor just ended his three-fight losing streak at the end of 2011 with back-to-back wins over Jeff Monson in Russia and Satoshi Ishii in Japan, and looks to stay on the winning path with a few more matches this year. Lashley is the current Shark Fights heavyweight champ, and hungry for some action against some big-name competition to prove that he belongs in the sport of MMA.
Who do you think these men should fight next if they are not fighting each other?
In an interview with Fighters Only, Lashley told them that Fedor’s management is looking for his next opponent, and his name is on the list of potential matchups. “I’m going to throw everything at him that I can. Of course, my wrestling’s there, I don’t give a damn what he’s doing. I’d put my wrestling up there with almost anyone right now.”
When asked about the sore topic of fighting another former WWE superstar, Dave Batista, Lashley has not ruled out the bout. “I know a lot of people are looking at that fight and saying I shouldn’t take it, but that’s the entertainment aspect of [MMA]. If the wrestling fans want that then it’s an opportunity for me to have a fight, which will probably warrant a good amount of money… I’ll take that fight, no problem.”
The real news from this interview was that Bellator had contacted Lashley with an offer to compete in their next heavyweight grand prix, which seems like the more realistic option. “It was a contract that was just put on the table… I got the call yesterday so I don’t even know any of the details of the deal. I think Bellator is a great company and I would love to be able to fight for them.”
Fox Sports reported yesterday that “Shark Fights” had signed former WWE champion Bobby Lashley to a three-year deal. Lashley is expected to make his company debut in November against an opponent to be determined. The event will air on Fuel TV and will most likely be held in Missouri, where the former ECW champ went to college.
“It’s going to give me the opportunity to get some more fights under my belt,” Lashley said of the signing in a press release from the company.
Shark Fights CEO, Bud Brutsman said that Lashley’s star power will undoubtedly translate to higher ticket sales. “It’s going to be big for us. When you’re a little organization you need to make some noise, and Bobby is the perfect one to make some noise. There is nobody better than him right now that’s out there,” Brustman said. By signing Bobby were saying we’re willing to put our money out there to make it happen, and bring in and sign the bigger-name talent, and not just has-beens and nobodies.”
Ah, puroresu. The concept of pro wrestling that looks vaguely real is lost on American pro wrestling fans, but not in Japan. In the land of the rising sun, pro wrestling is looked at in a variety of different ways, from hardcore garbage wrestling, to comedy matches, to shoot-style that emphasizes actual combat skills. Antonio Inoki’s “Inoki Genome Federation”, or IGF, is one of the latter, and features many notable MMA fighters trying their hand at worked matches (except for the ones who fought in Pride FC, they already had some experience in that).
Heavyweights Bobby Lashley and Josh Barnett met at IGF’s “Genome 16″ in Tokyo on July 10 in a tournament to crown the IGF Champion, and we finally have the video evidence to prove it. Josh is no stranger to the IGF company nor Japanese pro wrestling, and this was Lashley’s return to worked bouts since his days in TNA (and before that, WWE) in his second appearance in IGF. Check out the bout and enjoy some good ole’ pro wrasslin’ today!
This weekend was loaded with MMA like I could not believe, and it was overwhelming to say the least. We already took a look at Bellator 38 earlier with the inverted triangle choke finish, now let’s take a look at M-1 Challenge 24 and Titan FC 17. First up, M-1 made their debut on Showtime a success with a night of great fights, only one of which went to a decision. In the middleweight title fight, Magomed Sultanakhmedov beat on a very game Tyson Jeffries for two rounds to win the vacant belt. This fight showed how tough both of these fighters were, especially Jeffries who seems to be like some sort of cyborg from “The Terminator”, despite taking a beating he keeps pushing on.
Jose Figueroa became the first American M-1 champ as he beat Artiom Damkovsky for the lightweight title. Figueroa kept Damkovsky on his back and battered him with brutal ground and pound that left his Russian opponent wearing a crimson mask worthy of Ric Flair. Also of note, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 light heavyweight runner-up Vinny Magalhaes made short work of previously unbeaten Jake Doerr, punching him out at 1:47 of the first round.
Meanwhile, Titan FC 17 in Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, featured former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley against late replacement John Ott. Lashley was notably bigger than Ott, and while most would think this would be helpful to the former wrassler, Lashley did what he did best; gas after the first round and thank the heavens he was fighting a scrub. Lashley’s only weapon was his takedown, and had Ott been someone who wasn’t a natural middleweight, he may have given Lashley another loss on his record. Phil Baroni also returned to his winning ways against Nick Nolte, which you can watch after the jump. Warning: it played out similarly to the aforementioned match, except with slightly less fail sauce.
At the end of the day, M-1 put on a far better show than Titan FC, and fans will hopefully begin to realize that the crazy management team behind Fedor is not exactly the same as the team that puts on these American fights. Oh, there was also some UFC event this weekend, stuff happened there too. Anyway, hit the jump for Baroni VS Nolte and a sad (but anticipated) moment at M-1 before they went live! (more…)
The Titan Fighting Championship earlier today announced its finalized card for next Friday’s seven-bout lineup, which will air live nationally on HDNet.
Titan FC 17, held at the Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas will feature seven pro fights on the HDNet telecast, which will begin at 10 PM ET. The finalized lineup just announced by Titan Fighting includes a late change to the night’s main event, which will feature former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley. Kansas City-based heavyweight James Jack (6-2) had been scheduled to fight Lashley but has been pulled from the show and replaced by John Ott (9-7). Jack’s departure from the card comes under questionable circumstances.
“We had an agreement with Jack to fight Lashley but he’s essentially gone MIA. James missed several scheduled media shoots and no longer was returning our calls,” said Titan Fighting CEO Joe Kelly. “It became abundantly clear that James had no intention of showing up to fight Bobby on March 25 so we had to make a change.” Ott, a standout amateur wrestler, is veteran of the Bellator Fighting Championships and holds notable wins over Brian Imes, Isaiah Larson, and Mitchell Harris. Normally a competitor in the 185 and 205 lbs. division, Ott, an amateur body builder, is currently walking at 225 lbs, but with this short notice to get ready for a fight it is questionable if that weight will help or hinder him.
While the main event for Titan Fighting Championship 17 has been altered, the remainder of the card remains intact. Former UFC and PRIDE star Phil “The New York Bad Ass” Baroni will challenge local fan favorite Nick Nolte while Abe Wagner, a veteran from the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, will square off vs. Strikeforce veteran Aaron Rosa.
The complete seven-bout card for Titan Fighting Championship 17 is after the jump: (more…)
Dave Batista has been talking about coming to the MMA world for awhile, but not much has seemed to happen with that. When last we heard from the former WWE champ, he wanted his debut to be against another pro-wrestling alumni, Bobby Lashley. Things never worked out and according to Scott Coker, Batista is still training MMA but no match has been made official with Strikeforce or any company for that matter. Lashley recently discussed the topic of Batista in MMA and his thoughts about fighting him.
Lashley, who signed with Titan FC earlier this week, spoke with Pro MMA Now about the topic, and had this to say: “Then as far as Dave Batista, we were pretty good friends when we were in the WWE but when we came out of the WWE, when he went into his fight deal, I think that his target was kind of set on that big fight and that big fight was supposed to be against me. So I think our relationship kind of went two different directions and I think the reason why he was wanting to do that was because he was wanting to use me as his big match and I think that’s what Strikeforce is really hoping for if they have that match with me against Dave. I haven’t really talked to him since I’ve been out of the WWE or since he’s been out of the WWE.”
Lashley continued, “I’m open to a fight with almost anyone and Dave has been training. I’ve heard that he’s been training pretty hard and if that fight were presented I would definitely take it. Of course it is a fight for a lot of wrestling fans because a lot of wrestling fans out there want to see that fight. There are millions upon millions of wrestling fans, but I’m not going to decline that fight. If that fight were ever brought to me I would definitely sign in a second and fight him. That’s the way the fight business is. You have to fight so whoever is brought to you that is who you are going to be fighting.”
Lashley will be competing for the first time since a Strikeforce event on August 21, 2010. His return to the cage on March 25 will come against M-1 Challenge veteran James Jack, who is 6-2-1. The Lashley vs. Jack main event joins the previously announced bout between Phil Baroni and Nick Nolte as the first two contests officially announced for the telecast on HDNet.