Undefeated heavyweight Bobby Lashley has recently expressed a desire for a shot at the Strikeforce Heavyweight title in the coming months. The title that is currently held by Holland kickboxer, Alistair Overeem. Before Lashley can be considered to be thrown in with the top tier heavyweight in Strikeforce, he will need to get past the 8-1 knockout expert, Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce: Houston” on Aug. 21.
During a Monday conference call to promote the Showtime-televised event, Lashley said Griggs should offer a good test, but that his recent training with Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier has shown him that he’s ready for top competition.
“I feel better than I’ve ever felt coming into a fight,” said Lashley. “This is just another one of those tests. I’m coming in bigger, better and faster than I ever have. I’m pretty confident coming into this fight. I think he’s right in line as an opponent for me. I don’t think anyone is thinking I should be fighting Fedor who has 30 wins under his belt. If this fight goes the way I hope it goes I’m going all the way to the top. I know what my abilities are.”
Lashley said he won’t take any time off after the upcoming bout and hopes to return to action quickly with hopes of earning a title shot early next year.
“Hopefully at the first part of next year,” Lashley said. “I don’t know when my next fight will be. That’s up to Scott Coker to decide. I’m not going to take any time off. I like to train and I want to stay conditioned. After this fight I just hope to keep training and get that title shot next year.”