Heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley has high expectations from the fans even though he only carries five MMA wins on his record. Lashley carries over a heavy fan base from his past WWE stardom. Here is what Lashley had to say about his upcoming bout with Chad “Grave Digger” Griggs this Saturday in Houston.
“Longevity in this sport is important. “It’s going to be very, very soon when I take that next big step. We have people who have 40 fights under their belt. I have five. I want to get a couple of good fights in and want to start looking at that bigger competition when I know that I’m ready. I want to keep sharpening my tools, get better opponents, keep moving up and get better in the sport.”
A win over former IFC fighter Chad Griggs will help push Lashley up into title contention in the Strikeforce heavyweight division.
“If he wins, that’s great for him, if I lose that will be huge,” Lashley said. “Anytime when someone with a bigger name gets into the industry there’s a lot of pressure on him. There’s a lot of pressure on me, so if do I lose, yes, it’ll hurt pretty bad.
“For him if he beat me then he’s the person who beat Bobby Lashley. I don’t think Strikeforce really cares. If somebody wins and somebody loses, that’s the person who gets the next big push. Everybody wanted Fedor to win. The fact that Werdum came in and beat him, now he’s the man. There’s always going to be a changing of the guard.”
Lashley may have expressed the pressure he will fill come Saturday, but on the other side he is also confident he is ready. It doesn’t hurt when you have been training with UFC top contender Cain Velasquez.
“I know where my abilities are,” Lashley said during the call. “One thing my coach at the Olympic Training Center used to say was, ‘You could lie to the media, you could lie to everyone else, but once you get back to your hotel the night before your fight you can’t lie to yourself.’ At this point I can look at myself and say I’m 100 percent ready for this fight.”