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Lashley Blames ‘Certain Events’ for Loss to Chad Griggs


(How did Bobby Lashley go from wrestling at a svelte 177-pounds in college to owning a Herculean physique and a head big enough to have its own zip code? Certain events, playa. PicProps: Heavy.com)

So, it was either the lingering effects of mononucleosis, that pesky bout of dehydration (possibly owing to the mononucleosis) or pressure from the haters that caused Bobby Lashley to shit the bed against Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: Houston last month. So said Lashley during an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s "The MMA Hour" yesterday. We’d be able to pin it down further for you, but reports make it seem like the WWE-wrestler-turned-MMA-heavyweight was still being kind of vague about the whole thing.


One thing is certain, however. After Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said some fairly unflattering things about Lashley needing to do some soul searching in the wake of that fight, the American Top Team product says he wants back in the cage ASAP. Preferably against Griggs.

"I already asked for a rematch, because when you have certain events like I did that sort of hindered me from being able to open up and fight, I’ve got to go back," Lashley said. "I’d hate for them to use that fight to boost somebody’s career, saying, ‘Okay, he beat Bobby,’ because that wasn’t really the case. If I didn’t have these problems, and I’d been able to go out there and fight, I think it would have been a pretty quick win for me. But I just didn’t have anything in me."

Yeah, kind of like “certain events” kept me from fulfilling my true destiny as a tight end in the NFL and/or becoming an astronaut, like I’d planned throughout grade school.

Anyway, in terms of specifics, Lashley claims he had mono before his fight with Griggs, though it isn’t clear exactly how close to the fight we’re talking about. We assume if the guy had mono the week of, or a couple of days prior to a scheduled bout, promoters and athletic commission officials probably wouldn’t let him fight. Then again, this is Strikeforce, so anything is possible.

We already knew that Lashley scared the shit out of his girlfriend when he had to make his exit from the Toyota Center on a stretcher after succumbing to Griggs via second-round TKO. Now Lashley said he was also in the hospital a couple of days before the fight because he just was “not feeling good.” 

"When I went to the hospital afterwards, they said I was really dehydrated,” Lashley said. “I went to the hospital on Thursday before the fight because I wasn’t feeling very good. I was just sluggish and not feeling good, so I went to urgent care and got checked out. I thought I was going to be okay. We didn’t do any blood work, but they gave me an IV because they said I was a little dehydrated then and when I went in there and fought I didn’t have anything in me."

As for referee Jon Schorle’s indefensible decision to stand him up from the mount with just about a minute left in the second, Lashley said that didn’t help either:  "I didn’t even know what was going on there,” he commented.

Lastly, some of you Tony Robbins types may be wondering how Lashley is going to turn this negative into a positive. Well, I’m glad you asked because Lashley says he’s actually happy he lost, since it has alleviated the crippling pressure he was feeling after heroically crushing absolute tomato cans in his first five professional fights. See, there’s a silver lining in this after all …

"Ever since I got into the fight game I’ve had people badmouthing me … and all that stuff got into my head … Now, after that fight was a real eye-opener,” Lashley said. “I didn’t go in there at 100 percent and now everyone was like, ‘This is what we wanted; we wanted to see him get beat.’ So now, I really don’t care. I’m going out there to fight and I’m not worried about any critics.”

Gee, that’s great. But look pro fighters, I know you have to make a living and all, but I’m only going to say this one more time: If you’re too injured or too sick to fight, don’t fight. If you do fight, I don’t want to hear about how injured or sick you were after the fact.

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jamesmedley- September 30, 2011 at 3:51 am
i know bobby lashley from the time he have appeared in WWE. he is cool and wicked awesome body.The hype behind Bobby Lashley (5-1) was virtually basically deflated after his loss to Chad Griggs in the Strikeforce: Houston event earlier this August. Many were awaiting the TNA wrestler to fall and rejoiced as Lashley rapidly gassed in the very first round against Griggs.
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SgT.SauceD- September 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm
Must be tough work fightin cans and nobodys at only 40 percent. God forbid the guy fight a quality opponent at 75 percent,
Meaot- September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm
From that NAIA website linking Lashley's past...

"Major - Human Service Agency Management"

...the Fuck? What is this? Janitorial supervision? McDonald's manager?

On the upside, pimp would also fall under "Human Service Agency Management"...

cecils_pupils- September 14, 2010 at 4:56 pm
Bobby, you should be ashamed of yourself. You sound like Tito with all your excuses.

**rips Lashley's poster of the wall - stomps on it vigorously**
fatbellyfrank- September 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm
"I'd hate for them to use that fight to boost somebody's career, saying, 'Okay, he beat Bobby,' because that wasn't really the case.

Yep, that would propel you to #1 P4P fighter on the whole planet, and imagine the sponsorship and merchandising options, you wouldn't be able to walk down the street without everyone looking at you in awe and whispering to their friends: "Hey, thats the guy who beat Bobby Lashley".


Is the term "Certain events" code for fucken hopeless?
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 14, 2010 at 2:28 pm
yeah i was on my way to a threesome with arianny celeste and gina carono....but certian events happened....
entisgood- September 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm
I'm surprised there's so much controversy about the stand-up from the mount. Yes, it's one of the most dominant positions in the sport, but Lashley was laying on Griggs, not doing anything. The ref warned him a few times to do something, he didn't, and got stood up.That is when the ref decided to have the doc check out the cut. Since Lashley had been stood up for inactivity, he didn't deserve to be restarted in the mount. I'm surprised no one else has really picked up on this.
El Guapo- September 14, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Keep it simple, Bobbo. Good wrestling + Superior Strength = One Happy Bobbo

Definitely needs much better conditioning. Doesn't have to be roadwork, but do SOMETHING! That gas tank needs to more miles to the gallon, playa. Also, lift less weight and do more reps. You're already stronger than a muhhf'ka, nawmsayn?
EDoggFunkMonk- September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm
His Human Growth Hormone stopped working. It refused to be injected into someone who's head no longer looked human.
Sudos KFC- September 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Does he have to cut to make 265? Because if so maybe he is just being a prima donna about weight cut fatigue, But he wrestled (actual wrestling) so that seems off...maybe he is being a generic puss/excuse maker? Nah. that couldnt be it...
agentsmith- September 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Certain events... like that event when he got cut by a huge uppercut, then that event when he gassed out. Plus that prior event when he sucked to begin with.
Smitty- September 14, 2010 at 11:40 am
I say give em the rematch, and I'd hope he lose that one too.
hooligun- September 14, 2010 at 11:39 am
What is it with these 'Pro fighters"? You have clearly told them before about fighting injured/whining afterward - do they not understand plain English?
ytrebil- September 14, 2010 at 11:38 am
I generally don't like bad-mouthing fighters (unless they act like dicks), but to be dehydrated and that ill before and after a fight? I'm sorry, but that isn't very professional or you need to go fire your trainers.
Morningwood- September 14, 2010 at 11:34 am
has Mercer showed up anywhere yet? Or, did he dehydrate to the point of evaporation?
Nealio- September 14, 2010 at 11:25 am
I saw him fight in "The Beatdown" promotion in some midwest farm town. Honestly he didn't look very good there either...
Morningwood- September 14, 2010 at 11:14 am
How could he be dehydrated? His cranium's got to hold 5 gallons of water, looks like a knot on a tree!
Goog- September 14, 2010 at 11:04 am
As much as I hated seeing him around.... Kimbo's looking somewhat dignified compared to these tools.
Seoul Brother- September 14, 2010 at 10:38 am
Very well said, sir. And that fuckin-a well goes double for menstrual scabs like Tito, Karo Syrup, and any other sad wastes of flesh who step into a fight and blame their lack of performance on injury, exhaustion, or illness. I'm still waiting for a cunt like Tito to blame their pooch-screw of an effort due to Curse by Santeria.
RwilsonR- September 14, 2010 at 10:35 am
Now we are going to see Lashley really fight! It was the critics holding him back... and mono... but, you know, mainly the critics. Well... and the mono... and the dehydration. But he's already asked for a rematch, and he doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. So now we'll see the best Lashley ever!
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