Former professional wrestler-turned-heavyweight mixed martial artist Bobby Lashley recently parted ways with the highest profile organization he has yet competed in when he decided not to re-up with the Strikeforce promotion at the end of his contract. In a recent interview with Pro MMA Now, Lashley discussed his decision to leave Strikeforce for Titan Fighting Championship and where he plans to take his MMA career.
“I think (Strikeforce CEO Scott) Coker is a great guy and I think that he has a great organization,” Lashley said of Strikeforce. “The last card was incredible. It was a great fight show. I have no bad words to Strikeforce or Coker. I think he is great. I just felt the need to just get away from that relationship for whatever reasons and start over and build myself back up. I’ve been talking with Joe Kelly and he has been an incredible person to talk with and an incredible person to work with and I see his vision with his organization and I just want to be a part of it. Then having an opportunity to be able to fight in Kansas and really build back up and get ready I think it was just the right fit for me.”
Lashley explained that he is looking at his current stint in TFC as an opportunity to build up the experience he will need to take his career to the top level of MMA competition.
“Yeah, I have a goal of making it up to the top. You know there are several different organizations out there that have some great champions and some great fighters in there across the board whether it be Japan, whether it be the UFC,” he said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I just want to be able to prove myself worthy to make it into one of those high caliber matches and become victorious. So of course being a heavyweight fighter I want to make it up to the top so it’s going to require a lot of training and a lot of fight experience. I just want to get out there. This Titan organization, they have given me the opportunity to possibly do several fights with them and really get that ring time in there and get some good quality opponents. So hopefully I’ll be able to fight with them pretty extensively, maybe even every other month, until I do get that big match that I’m looking for.”
Lashley will be facing James Jack this March 25th at Titan Fighting Championship 17, which will be going down at the Historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.