After a surprising loss to rather unknown fighter Chad Griggs, up-and-comer Bobby Lashley has also lost a little bit of the “awe factor” from Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker.
“We’ll be talking to Bobby later. You know he’s going to have to do some soul searching and really decide what he wants to do,” Coker said. “But if he decides to fight, we’ll have him back.”
And if that wasn’t enough, Coker also made further comments on the issue when he appeared on MMA Nation Radio.
“Mixed martial arts is sport where sometimes you’re going to get hit, you’re going to get hurt. It’s not like pro wrestling,” Coker matter-of-factly stated. “As he’s working his way up, he’s going to come to a point where he says ‘is this something I want to do?’ You’re working your way up and now you get a real clear picture of what mixed martial arts is and do you want to work through and continue or do you want to do something else?”
But Coker doesn’t feel that the loss was completely Lashley’s fault, as he had a large following from his WWE days, the fighter had more expectations from fans than his opponent.
“The thing that’s not fair for Bobby is he has all these high expectations from all these people,” Coker added. “People think he should be right in there fighting Fedor [Emelianenko]. I mean, come on. Let’s be real. He’s not at that level right now.”
What do you guys think? Will Lashley be back?