Strikeforce heavyweight fighter and former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley tasted defeat for the first time in his five-fight professional mixed martial arts career this past August when he was stopped by relative unknown Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: Houston. Lashley appeared on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani today and spoke about the loss, offering an excuse for his uninspired performance.
First of all, Lashley expressed his eagerness to return to action and promised a return by no later than November.
“I’m fighting again [in 2010] for sure…in November at the latest,” he said.
Lashley revealed that he is looking for a rematch with Griggs based on the grounds that he was not operating at full capacity heading into the fight. The former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar went as far to say that he would have easily dispatched of Griggs had he been feeling better and that he doesn’t want to allow Griggs the undue opportunity of building his career off of an illegitimate win over an attention-getting name like his own.
“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 revealed that he had been diagnosed with mononucleosis heading into the fight and had actually checked himself in to the hospital two days before the actual fight. Lashley was taken form the arena post-fight on a stretcher and treated for dehydration, a problem that he was apparently struggling with heading into the fight as well.
“When I went to the hospital afterwards, they said I was really dehydrated,” said Lashley. “I went to the 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.”
Overall, Lashley is looking at the loss in a positive light. He maintained that he is eager to return to action and is actually relieved to have the monkey of an undefeated record off of his back; something he believes will allow him to focus on fighting and will take some of the undesired attention he has received away from him.
“Now I’m just going to go out there and fight,” said Lashley. “I’m not going to have any pressure on me. If they want to keep that as a loss, then keep that as a loss so I have a loss, because now I’m just going to go out there and fight. Because once you have a loss, you’re not undefeated anymore so now I don’t have to worry about that. So I can just go out there and fight.”