While the WWE universe has been wondering where former WWE star Bobby Lashley got off to, they need to look no further than the world of MMA.
Lashley has fought eight teams as a mixed martial artist, winning seven of his bouts and the last of which came in November by submission. To cement himself as a legitimate star, Lashley needs to be the fighter who squares off against MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Emelianenko is arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all time, and his 33-4-0 record is unbelievably impressive. If Lashley beats him, he would certainly be on the UFC's radar as a possible draw to replace former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
MMA Junkie is reporting about Lashley’s possible venture into the ring with the MMA legend:
"It appears Fedor Emelianenko has gone from long shot to no shot for UFC 146's expected main-event vacancy. M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan today announced Emelianenko will fight an unannounced opponent at a currently unspecified June 21 event. However, sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that former WWE star and ex-Strikeforce fighter Bobby Lashley (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is under consideration for the Emelianenko (33-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fight."
While this could mean no return to wrestling any time soon, this would be a huge step in Lashley's MMA career.
Lesnar's fall from grace and retirement from MMA has opened the void of a mainstream star gracing the ranks of the UFC. If the former WWE star was to beat Emelianenko, he would catapult himself into the upper echelon of heavyweight MMA fighters. UFC president Dana White wouldn't be able to control himself, and Lashley would be signed to compete in hours.
A company is always looking for a crossover star who can bring excitement to the sport and draw the casual fans in. If Lashley gets this fight and wins, he may become the UFC's next big thing.
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