In a recent edition of HDNet’s Inside MMA, Bobby Lashley was shown a poll in which fans had voted for the fighter they wanted to see him fight next.
Brett Rogers was the overwhelming favorite on the poll, but Lashley had other ideas about who he wanted to fight next.
“Either let me fight the way I want to…build up, get a few fights under my belt, work my way up…or let me fight the champ (Alistair Overeem).”
Lashley, who is now training for MMA competition full time after recently being released from his pro-wrestling commitments, has so far come across as a good guy both on and off-screen, but I’m not sure I fully follow his thinking here.
It appears that in an ideal world he’d be happy to continue to face low ranking opposition to get more fights under his belt, but the truth is he could learn more in one fight with a solid mid-level opponent than he will from continuing to bulldoze his way through another handful of also-rans that fold within the first five minutes.
He also has to accept that the Strikeforce heavyweight roster isn’t all that deep, so with that in mind opponents like Shane Del Rosario, Antonio Silva or Brett Rogers are realistically the next step-up in competition.
If he can prove himself against that level of fighter then a bout with Overeem or Fedor becomes a more realistic scenario.
In the end I think it should be down to Strikeforce to pick his opponent, and hopefully Lashley will agree with whoever they eventually choose to line him up with.