Former WWE Star Headed to MMA Group Bellator?
Former WWE and TNA star Bobby Lashley has hinted to fans he may be headed to up-and-coming MMA group Bellator very soon.
Speaking on his official Twitter account, Lashley mentioned that he recently met with Sean Caplan, Bellator's Vice President of Talent Relations, noting: "I had a great meeting/dinner with Sam Caplan last night. Something great might be happening really soon."
On paper, Lashley, who worked for WWE between 2004-2008 then later made appearances for TNA, seems like a natural fit.
Due to his WWE exposure, Lashley has a name value that most of Bellator's relatively unknown roster lacks. The fledgling MMA group, who are reported to start airing on Spike TV at some point in 2013, will surely need all the big names possible as they attempt to expand and garner just some of UFC's massive share of the fan base.
For Lashley, a potential deal with the group would be a good move, too.
The former US Champion's profile has plummeted in recent times and a spot on the Bellator roster would hopefully bring him back to relevance.
While heavily promoted by MMA group Strikeforce upon his debut in 2010 as the next big thing, Lashley never managed to emulate anything close to the success fellow wrestler-turned-fighter Brock Lesnar was having with UFC at the same time.
After a devastating and shocking loss to a then-unknown Chad Griggs in 2010, Lashley split from Strikeforce and subsequently fought for little-known MMA groups Titan FC and Shark Fights, staying low on the radar.
More recently, it was reported that Lashley, faced with a struggling MMA career, was interested a return to the WWE, but Vince McMahon was reluctant to take the star back after the acrimonious split in 2008.