Sometimes I think that Bob Sapp was sent to earth by the gods to teach us all that being scary-looking and talking tough means very little in a real fight against a real opponent. And since the gods also have a sense of humor they forced him to appear in “Frankenhood.” Judging from the betting lines, it seems like we all know by now that Sapp has nothing with which to threaten any decent heavyweight, particularly after the first two minutes of a fight. So why even bother pretending that Sapp vs. Bobby Lashley is anything but a circus match?
Talking to Five Ounces of Pain, Lashley had this to say about his expectations regarding Sapp:
“I’m prepared for the best Bob Sapp that makes it out here. We trained for a Bob Sapp that is like Anderson Silva at 350 pounds.”
Well, that would be hilarious if only the thought of a 350-pound Anderson Silva weren’t so terrifying. But really, Bobby? You’re going to act like even "the best Bob Sapp" would be a credible fighter? Is it in your contract that you have to at least pretend he has some fighting skill?
Lashley has also recently claimed that he’s fighting Sapp to show that he hasn’t just been winning fights based on his size and strength, and what proves that more effectively than beating a bigger, stronger fighter? The only trouble with that logic is that Sapp really isn’t a fighter at all. He’s a real-life cartoon character. He dabbles in fighting the way he dabbles in acting, and not as convincingly. As hard a time as we give the city of Japan for their MMA freak show fights, we owe it to them and to ourselves to admit that we’re not so different.
This isn’t a test to see how Lashley is progressing as an MMA fighter. It’s a squash match against a guy who’s only real talent is in cutting promos and spouting off one-liners at the press conference. It’s also a complete joke, and I can’t shake the feeling that Sapp is the one getting the biggest laugh out of it in the end.