There could be another Brock Lesnar on the horizon. On the surface, it seems ridiculous that a professional wrestler can make the transition to the real stuff but if that "fake wrestler" has a top notch pedigree on the amateur level it is possible. Lesnar showed that at UFC 91 with his win over Randy Couture and ascension to the UFC heavyweight title after just four pro fights.
Lesnar, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, was the 2000 Division I heavyweight wrestling champ at Minnesota. Former WWE star Bobby Lashley is cut out of the same mold with massive size a solid college wrestling background. He made his MMA debut last night at the MFA event in Miami. It took Lashley just 41 seconds to score a huge slam and bust open Joshua Franklin's forehead.
You'd expect a 6-4, 275-pounder to be a nasty customer but Lashley is quite the opposite. He did a funny interview before the fight with Dan LaBatard from 790 the Ticket in Miami and admitted he has an odd fear.
Click below to hear interview with Lashely (790 The Ticket):
Lashley doesn't lack for confidence. He told the Miami Herald before the fight that his athleticism may be unmatched amongst heavyweights in MMA:
''I hate to jinx myself, but I think in MMA I am going to really, really shock some people. What I've learned in MMA is it's not just the best wrestler, the best striker, the best jiu-jitsu guy. It's almost the best athlete, and, as far as shear athletic ability, I think there's not going to be too many heavyweights who can even come close to my athletic ability."
Sharon Robb from the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel said there was a scary scene earlier on the card with a brutal knockout of Ronald Pena by Wilber Marrero. Apparently, the UFC's Anthony Johnson didn't score the nastiest head kick of the night. Robb said it took the doctor at the American Airlines Arena nearly five minutes to pry the mouthpiece from the grill of Pena.
In the co-main event, former UFC fighter Jeff Monson beat former UFC champ Ricco Rodriguez. "Suave" has been active in 2008 with nine fights this year. The loss snapped a five fight win streak for Rodriguez.
- Brock Lesnar
- Bobby Lashley