Bobby Lashley’s future in Strikeforce has been in question since his unexpected loss to the unheralded Chad Griggs last year, and an announcement earlier this week that he was to headline Titan FC 8 only added to the speculation that his time in the promotion may be over.
In a new interview with ProMMANow, Lashley puts an end to the rumors by confirming that he is no longer with Strikeforce.
“I have no bad words to Strikeforce or Coker. I think he is great. I just felt the need to just get away from that relationship for whatever reasons and start over and build myself back up. I’ve been talking with Joe Kelly [Titan FC) and he has been an incredible person to talk with and an incredible person to work with and I see his vision with his organization and I just want to be a part of it. Then having an opportunity to be able to fight in Kansas and really build back up and get ready I think it was just the right fit for me.”
When asked whether he may fight again for Strikeforce in the future, he answers abruptly, “I don’t know about that.”
Lashley is clearly trying to make the best of this situation, but the reality is that it’s far from ideal. If it was his decision to part company with Strikeforce then it seems like a strange decision as he’s unlikely to be on the UFC’s radar, and with no disrespect intended to the up and coming Titan FC promotion, they are not in the same league as Strikeforce at this moment in time.
Personally I’m wondering whether it really was his decision, or whether Strikeforce made the final call. Since the fight with Griggs, Scott Coker hasn’t exactly appeared overly excited about the prospect of Lashely fighting again, and has even went as far as to question whether Lashley’s heart is really in MMA.
Some of Lashley’s statements in his latest interview still leave that open to question.
“If I had an opportunity to go back to wrestling I would definitely consider it,” he says at one point.
At the same time the 34 year-old insists that he’s not going to be, “a one-hit wonder,” and won’t quit MMA.
It’s conflicting opinions like this that continue to cast doubt over Lashley’s long-term future in the sport.
It may just be down to an overly cautious outlook that makes him reluctant to close any doors behind him, but If he is determined to get his MMA career back on track, and potentially fight his way into the UFC where the real money is at some point, then he needs to commit to the sport 100%.