Bobby Lashley, who fights for Bellator and pro wrestles for TNA Impact, tells TMZ he wants to keep doing both, but he is eyeing both the Bellator Heavyweight Title and a potential Brock Lesnar fight. The following is what Lashley had to say about those topics:
-On whether he is going to keep working for both TNA and Bellator: “Well, for right now, it has to be both because the way my contracts are set up. I love wrestling, and I think I could do wrestling forever, but I’m doing whatever takes care of my kids and family the best. There’s a Heavyweight Title open in Bellator and if I start leaning toward that, I might have to lean more on fighting.”
-On whether he’d like to fight Brock Lesnar: “I think it would be really interesting. There have been a lot of people who have asked me that. I get asked that almost every day. I think there’s so much money in that.
-On the style of fight he projects he’d have with Brock Lesnar: “I think it would turn into a slugfest. I know Brock isn’t going to be taken down by easy takedowns. It’s going to be hard. I scramble really well. Brock has a little more size on me, but I scramble really well, so it’d be hard for him to have a takedown. So neither one of us would be taken down, we’d have to rely on striking. It’d be a slugfest. I think it’d be a fun fight to have.”
-On whether he thinks he’d win: “I get into fights where I know my hand is going to get raised, and that’s one I feel confident on… I’m not going to say Brock is going to win. Of course I see my hand raised in any fight I’m in.
Keller’s Analysis: Given Lashley’s lack of Top Ten Heavyweight competition in amassing his 15-2 record, compared to Lesnar’s impressive top five level competition most of his fights to compile his 6-3 record, there’s little reason to expect Lesnar wouldn’t be a deserved heavy favorite. Lashley hasn’t won against inferior competition in impressive enough fashion to provide any evidence that he should be anything but a considerable underdog. That said, this battle of two heavyweight pro wrestlers who are only about a year apart in age (Lashley 40, Lesnar 39) would likely draw a considerable buyrate and crossover interest among pro wrestling and MMA fans. With Lesnar’s contracts with UFC and WWE, and Lashley’s contracts with Bellator and TNA, I don’t see this on the horizon. I think Lesnar has proven any fights he has left should be against proven top five ranked heavyweights whereas Lashley needs to get a few impressive wins against actual top 15 fighters before this should be even considered.
NOW JUMP TO OUR ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON LASHLEY: ROUNDTABLE (pt. 1): If Bobby Lashley went to UFC, who would be the appropriate first opponents for him, and how close is he to a Top 15 Hvt?