Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar and current Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Bobby Lashley is currently undefeated in five professional mixed martial arts fights and the Kansas native is looking to improve his record to 6-0 when he takes on Chad Griggs tomorrow night at Strikeforce: Houston, his second appearance in the Strikeforce promotion. Depending on how that fight goes, Lashley indicated to MMAJunkie.com recently that he would be interested in hunting for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Title.
“I’m staying ready,” Lashley said. “I’ve been training really hard, and I’m going to continue to train after this fight.”
Lashley holds notable wins over Bob Sapp, Jason Guida (brother to UFC lightweight Clay Guida) and Wes Sims (his first Strikeforce appearance). Based on his crossover appeal alone Lashley could see himself propelled through the heavyweight ranks at a quicker pace than most fighters of his experience level and he told MMAJunkie that he is fine with that; he is only looking to climb the heavyweight ladder from here on out.
“I’m really confident where my level is,” he said. “After this fight, if this fight goes the way I hope it goes, I’m going straight to the top. I know where my abilities are.
“I’ve had a good game plan up to this point and I really want to move in the right direction,” he continued. “I’m looking to better myself and get better opponents each time. Griggs is 8-1 and there’s a lot of top heavyweight guys out there right now, so I really have my eyes set on a handful of those guys.”
Before he can move toward the title, Lashley has to get past 8-1 Chad Griggs tomorrow night at Strikeforce: Houston. The bout will be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will be headlined by Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal defending his belt against Black House-trained fighter Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante.