The former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley wanted to make it completely clear that his recent loss to Chad Griggs at Strikeforce Houston is not going to slow his MMA career whatsoever. In fact he would like to avenge his recent loss within this year, and says he has good reason for it. Here is what Lashley had to say on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani recently.
“I’m fighting again [in 2010] for sure…in November at the latest,” Lashley told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour.”
“I already asked for a rematch, because when you have certain events like I did that sort of hindered me from being able to open up and fight, I’ve got to go back,” Lashley said. “I’d hate for them to use that fight to boost somebody’s career, saying, ‘Okay, he beat Bobby,’ because that wasn’t really the case. If I didn’t have these problems, and I’d been able to go out there and fight, I think it would have been a pretty quick win for me. But I just didn’t have anything in me.”
Lashley said he was not only taken to the hospital for dehydration after the fight, but had also been treated with an IV at an urgent care center two days before the fight.
“When I went to the hospital afterwards, they said I was really dehydrated. I went to hospital on Thursday before the fight because I wasn’t feeling very good. I was just sluggish and not feeling good, so I went to urgent care and got checked out. I thought I was going to be okay. We didn’t do any blood work, but they gave me an IV because they said I was a little dehydrated then and when I went in there and fought I didn’t have anything in me.”
Lashley also said that he had mononucleosis going into the fight, and afterward had a round of blood work done to find out why he was so sluggish in the fight with Griggs.
Though Lashley appeared to start strong in the fight, easily taking Griggs down and controlling him on the mat for most of the first round, despite suffering a cut ne ar his eye, he noted that “even from the first takedown I felt like there was a problem.”