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Bobby Lashley Signs Three-Year Deal With Shark Fights, Debut Set for November


(Now if SF could just convince Batista to sign on the dotted line, the circle would be complete.)

It looks like Shark Fights has a new big draw.

According to a Fox Sports report, the Amarillo, Texas- based organization has signed former WWE champion Bobby Lashley to a three-year deal and he will likely make his promotional debut in November. The event, which will be aired on Fuel TV, will likely take place in Missouri where Lashley attended college.

Rebounding from the first loss of his  6-1 MMA career against Chad Griggs at Strikeforce:Houston last August by defeating John Ott at Titan FC 17: Lashley vs. Ott this past March in Kansas City, Lashley, who runs his own American Top Team affiliate in Colorado, says that he’s excited about the deal.

“It’s going to give me the opportunity to get some more fights under my belt,” Lashley said of the signing.

Shark Fights CEO, Bud Brutsman said that Lashley’s star power will undoubtedly translate to higher ticket sales.

“It’s going to be big for us. When you’re a little organization you need to make some noise, and Bobby is the perfect one to make some noise. There is nobody better than him right now that’s out there,” Brustman said. By signing Bobby were saying we’re willing to put our money out there to make it happen, and bring in and sign the bigger-name talent, and not just has-beens and nobodies.”

Does anyone else remember when Bobby called out Fedor and Overeem? That was awesome.

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IH8U- September 21, 2011 at 10:23 am
It sounds like Bud is doing business the new way of today "OPM" in other words he is using Other Peoples Money to live hi dream as a Promoter. Bud gets to play promoter while investors loos their ass.
Lack of respect for the sport we love so much.
fatbellyfrank- September 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Shark Fights CEO, Bud Brutsman said that Lashley’s star power will undoubtedly translate to higher ticket sales.
“It’s going to be big for us. When you’re a little organization you need to make some noise, and Bobby is the perfect one to make some noise. There is nobody better than him right now that’s out there,” Brustman said. By signing Bobby were saying we’re willing to put our money out there to make it happen, and bring in and sign the bigger-name talent, and not just has-beens and nobodies.”
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OH.MY.FUCKEN.GOD.
This is possibly the most delusional statement I have ever read on an MMA website, Holeeee shit......just fucken Holeeee shit
mcdolph- September 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm
i hope they don't match him up with anyone that can fight or they'll lose their big draw.
XENOPHON- September 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm
Being that Strikeforce let Lashley go, and he doesn't have the draw or experience to get traction inside the UFC, this stories end is nearly into the last chapter.
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Being that he owns his own Top Team affiliate, at age 35 there is one bit of detail in this article that I found interesting. His fighting days are limited.
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Seeing that he is fighting in his old college town, a region known for talented wrestlers, if smart Lashley should use the Shark Fight venues as a recruiting pitch for the regions younger prospects to come train with him.
MediumRare- September 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm
"By signing Bobby were saying we’re willing to put our money out there to make it happen, and bring in and sign the bigger-name talent, and not just has-beens and nobodies.”
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This guy is officially a Grade A douche-fuck.
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Apparently, the Shark Fights business model now goes like this: pass on the has-beens and nobodies and snatch up the never-will-bes from pro wrestling.
omunto- September 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm
"...and not just has-beens and nobodies."
Man, I'd be irratated if I was currently under contract with Shark Fights. It's one thing for fans and other fighters to say that, but the CEO of the company? That's fucked up.
intercept440- September 16, 2011 at 2:54 pm
Taco wins. no further need to go on
Fried Taco- September 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm
There is nobody better than him right now that’s out there - In other words, trust me, we looked for someone better, but Bobby was the best we could find. FML
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