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jakkups
03-19-2009, 07:40 AM
Bobby Lashley following in Brock Lesnarís footsteps (http://mmajunkie.com/news/14302/bobby-lashley-following-in-brock-lesnars-footsteps.mma)

Bobby Lashley raced across the cage at the bell, picked up Joshua Franklin and viciously slammed him to the floor.

This all in the first 15 seconds of the one-time World Wrestling Entertainment star's professional mixed martial arts debut on Dec. 13 in Miami.

Lashley, exhibiting an uncommon mixture of speed, quickness, power and strength, went on to win that bout in 41 seconds, showing the kind of potential that makes promoters want to get his name on a contract.

He's powerfully built, comfortable performing in front of a crowd and athletic enough that one could easily forget you're watching a 250-pound man move around the cage.

Sounds kind of familiar, doesn't it?

It's the same sort of path UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar took after departing professional wrestling. And although Lashley doesn't see the many similarities that are drawn between himself and Lesnar, he hopes to replicate Lesnar's success.

"Brock has obviously done exceptionally well in the short period of time he's been fighting," the physically massive but exceptionally soft-spoken three-time NAIA national champion said. "Anyone who is in this profession would like that kind of success."

Lashley, 32, faces veteran Jason Guida on Saturday in a combined boxing/MMA pay-per-view card in Pensacola, Fla., in the second step of his professional journey.

The one-time soldier professes great respect for Guida and insists he expects a difficult test despite Guida's so-so 17-19 record. Lashley isn't short on competitive experience, having wrestled four years in high school and in college, as well as in the Army, but he concedes that someone with nearly 40 pro MMA fights is a challenge for a guy with less than a minute of pro experience.

"I definitely have to take into consideration that he has a lot of ring experience," Lashley said. "Anyone with that kind of experience poses some danger to a newcomer. I can't just go in expecting to dominate the match because I know the guy has some tricks from being around so long."

That hardly means that Lashley plans an extended feeling-out process. He's significantly bigger than Guida and plans to find out how well Guida will be able to deal with his size.

If Lashley is true to his word, Guida's going to have a 250-pound knot of muscle in his face not long after the bell rings.

"I'm throwing these 250 pounds in his face real quick and see if he has what it takes to withstand the abuse and the punishment," Lashley said. "If he does, it's going to lead to a longer fight. If he doesn't, I'm thinking it will be a real short fight."

Many fighters as large as Lashley are ponderous and can't fight at a sustained pace for long periods of time. But he insists he'll be able to push from the start Ė "I am in phenomenal shape right now," he says Ė because he wasn't always a heavyweight.

He began growing very quickly while he was in college and morphed into a physical specimen who retained the fast-twitch muscles of someone much smaller.

As a freshman in high school, he was a 110-pounder wrestling at 112. As a sophomore, he began wrestling at 119, but was getting bigger almost by the day and competed at 125, 130 and 135 all in the same year. He was a 140-pounder as a junior and a 160-pounder as a senior.

He was recruited to wrestle for Missouri Valley College as a 158-pounder. Problem was, he had already shot up to 195 by the time he hit campus. He never stopped growing and quickly became a massive heavyweight with a bantamweight's instincts.

"You think of heavyweights as slow-moving, big, strong guys, but I grew up and learned the sport small," Lashley said. "I learned how to move with a faster pace of training when I was small, and I was able to keep going at that pace as I got bigger and kept growing."

After winning three NAIA wrestling championships in his four years at Missouri Valley, he had a stint in the Army, winning two Armed Forces championships. He then caught the eye of the WWE's Vince McMahon, who knew that Lashley's physique, athleticism and personality made him a natural for professional wrestling.

He was put into the WWE's developmental program and competed in Ohio Valley Wrestling. By 2005, he was in the WWE. Lashley went on to a successful career and captured the ECW title.

He endured the grueling regimen of a professional wrestler, competing up to 250 days a year despite all manner of injuries. But McMahon lost interest in him not long after Lashley had shoulder surgery.

Lashley hadn't lost the desire to compete and decided to make the move to MMA, where he has trained with the vaunted American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. Like Lesnar, who instantly became one of the UFC's biggest pay-per-view attractions thanks to the fan base he'd accumulated as a pro wrestling, Lashley understands that much of the interest in him these days can be attributed to his relationship with the WWE.

"This is a fight, but you have to remember that fighting is still entertainment," Lashley said. "The fact that I'm bringing a different fan base to fighting and a large fan base will help me. I'm in my second fight and I'm one of the top names on the pay-per-view. That's because I am bringing a different fan base with me. I don't mind the pressure of the expectations, because I've been an athlete and I'm used to that. I have a job to do and I've trained hard for it."

Lashley is smart enough to realize that while his WWE affiliation has gotten him in the door, he's going to have to prove himself to the MMA fans who may be skeptical about him.

"This is a results-oriented business, and it's up to me to take advantage of the opportunity I have been given," Lashley said. "Of course I want to make it to the highest levels of this business. Who doesn't? I'm not expecting anything to be given to me, though.

"I want to create a buzz, but I want to do it by the way I fight."

Move BRICKSô
03-19-2009, 12:51 PM
When comparing Lashley and Brock, I see Lashley being the real "Next Big Thing." Real well spoken and chill dude. IMO he torques Brock R1.

Palma
03-19-2009, 08:34 PM
I think these Professional Entertainment Wrestlers may be a good place to recruit potential HW MMA fighters. They are all pretty versatile and athletic as hell.

Kakutogi-Gumi
03-19-2009, 08:50 PM
I think these Professional Entertainment Wrestlers may be a good place to recruit potential HW MMA fighters. They are all pretty versatile and athletic as hell.

Not in America, no. These two are the exception. The preresiquite to be a sports entertainer is to look like a bodybuilder and to maintain that look. Doesn't make a difference where you came from.

It's better to grab pro wrestlers from Japan.

jakkups
03-19-2009, 11:18 PM
It's better to grab pro wrestlers from Japan.

They wouldn't be able to get cleared to fight because of all the roids in their system.

When comparing Lashley and Brock, I see Lashley being the real "Next Big Thing." Real well spoken and chill dude. IMO he torques Brock R1.

Still hating on Brock because he chats **** dude. C'mon man what he says has nothing to do his ability.

Infern0
03-19-2009, 11:23 PM
Lol you know your in trouble when you need wrestlers to bail you out lmao at mmgay

Elemental Fist
03-20-2009, 06:32 PM
Lol you know your in trouble when you need wrestlers to bail you out lmao at mmgay

mmgay.... How mature.....

Seriously, ladies and gentlemen, Boxing Scene's equivalent to dumb Sherdoggers.

Kakutogi-Gumi
03-20-2009, 11:43 PM
They wouldn't be able to get cleared to fight because of all the roids in their system.


Actually, due to the short schedules they have and the area they cover, they have more time to recouperate and work out more. And the ones who do use, do it with free will without fear of losing their spot. It's a total lifestyle choice.

If anyone won't be able to get cleared to fight in MMA, it's the N. American pro wrestlers.

jakkups
03-20-2009, 11:49 PM
If anyone won't be able to get cleared to fight in MMA, it's the N. American pro wrestlers.

Lesnar and Lashley don't seem to have a problem getting cleared.

Kakutogi-Gumi
03-21-2009, 01:03 AM
Lesnar and Lashley don't seem to have a problem getting cleared.

Well, when they left pro wrestling, they didn't really have to worry about their physique anymore. So while they waited for their no compete clauses to run out, they cycle out and work out more. Sometimes, they rest to heal up old injuries and educated themselves.

Y'see, they knew that they had a lot more to offer to MMA then just being big. Any other pro wrestlers are just actors who can do their own stunts. They can't just wait 30 days and just jump in a cage. Sure, it'll sell tickets, but it doesn't make anyone look good if they decide to take a nap 40 secs. into the match.

It's near impossible to make it big in pro wrestling on your grappling credentials any more. You had to change your physique to make sure the OFFICES loved you. Not the fans, The offices. And even then you had to have an ego to match. If this was any other business, you'd have lawsuits up the ass.

jakkups
03-21-2009, 02:29 AM
Grappling credentials has never been a draw in any era of pro-wrestling. Even when technical ability was the norm e.g. Lou Thesz, Karl Gotch, etc, they didn't draw crowds as big as the guys that came after them like Superstar Billy Graham.

My point wasn't an accusation more of an off the cuff remark regarding Japan and its stances on steroids, and the fact that they have no laws prohibiting the use of them in sports which is why I think alot of the guys who come over from Japan have failed more often than not and have looked very small in comparison to their days in Japan. Hell Lashley said himself that he would fight Shamrock in Japan since he got suspended knowing that Japan doesn't have any problems with athletes using them and that he would be cleared to do so without any questions asked.