As developments continue to come in, many people have commented that Bobby Lashley would have been the most marketable fighter to replace Josh Barnett at Affliction Trilogy against Fedor Emelianenko.
Yet despite the many positives, Lashley has many good reasons why not to accept this fight.
As it has been mentioned, Lashley would have a lot of respect to gain just by stepping in against Fedor. If he beat Fedor, obviously the gains would be astronomical.
However, as Lashley said, there would be many people who would think that accepting a fight against Fedor on such short notice would be nothing more than a cash grab. A cash grab would be nearly pointless to Lashley, who has already made a lot of money in professional wrestling.
Lashley has previously stated that he is taking his MMA career very seriously, so it should be no surprise that he does not want to leave anything to chance.
Lashley has been conservative in his development, taking reasonable fights often, while slowly building his skills as a fighter. That same mindset is what leads him to turning down a possible fight with Fedor right now.
Lashley knows that with his marketability, the chance to fight Fedor is likely to come again in the future, should he want it. He is simply waiting until he feels he is ready.