Bobby Lashley, the professional wrestler and occasional MMA fighter is rumored to be in talks with Strikeforce according to mma.fanhouse today.
Like Brock Lesnar, Lashley made his name in the pro-wrestling WWE organisation but has recently showed his competitive drive by competing in mixed martial arts competition for some of the smaller organizations. The 6ft 1, 250lb heavyweight has so far maintained a winning record of 4-0, though with opponents of the caliber of Jason Guida (Clay Guida’s wayward brother, who failed to make a weight cut in order to appear onto the Ultimate Fighter reality show) and Bob Sapp it is still to be established how hel will cope with a step up in competition.
It is believed that Strikeforce are keen to add Lashley’s star power to their upcoming debut on CBS headlined by Fedor Emilianenko Vs Brett Rodgers in November. A potential stumbling block could be Lashley’s current deal with Prize Fight Promotions where he is believed to have two fights remaining on his contract with Ron Waterman being suggested as a possible opponent.
The chance to showcase his MMA skills on prime time TV for a major organization could be appealing to Lashley, though he admited earlier this year that he was aiming to get more fights under his belt before looking to test himself on a bigger stage. He has also stated his desire to compete in the UFC one day so it also remains to be seen whether Lashley would be interested in a long term deal with Strikeforce or if it would be a one-off.