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Whatchoo Talking ‘Bout, Bobby Lashley?

Bobby Lashley was in studio with the guys from "Inside MMA" recently, and wouldn’t you know it, they just happened to have the results of an online poll question about who Lashley should fight next.  Fans agree that Brett Rogers would make the most interesting next opponent, but Lashley isn’t even trying to pretend that he wants that fight.  In the twisted caverns of his mind, it makes no sense to fight any somewhat credible opponent unless it’s the champ.

"Either let me fight the way I want to, build up and get a few fights under my belt and then work my way up there, or let me fight the champ."

All due respect here Bobby, but that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

It seems fairly obvious that Lashley doesn’t really want to fight Overeem any more than he wants to fight "The Grimm."  The difference is, he knows one of those fights is a realistic possibility and the other isn’t.  By imploring Strikeforce to either give him another tomato can opponent or else give him an immediate and wholly unearned title shot, he thinks he’s improving his chances of getting the tomato can. 

It’s an old trick, and one we’ve all used before.  For instance, you really want to go to Chili’s for dinner on Valentine’s Day.  You know your girlfriend isn’t going to be very enthusiastic about that idea, so you give her two choices: Chili’s or the Sbarro at the mall.  You know very well that no one in the history of food has ever said, ‘I’d rather go to Sbarro.’  Suddenly, Chili’s starts to look like a pretty good option.

Lashley’s problem is that a) his scheme is painfully transparent, and b) no one goes from Wes Sims to Alistair Overeem, not even in Japan, and we all know it.  Suck it up and fight someone, Bobby.  That’s what they pay you for.

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ghostboner- February 15, 2010 at 2:20 pm
@smitty - I'm saying he should fight them because he is saying he should fight them.

Sorry folks but Lashley either needs to step up or shut up. The whole idea of stepping up in competition with each win is to PROVE that you deserve to fight the best. You don't just get to play it safe forever and keep trying to talk your way into an undeserved title shot. As for the "he only has 5 pro fights" argument, all I can say is Cain Velasquez.
ccman- February 15, 2010 at 9:30 am
As much as i hate giving any of these guys credit besides Fedor, Your quote does not quite cover what he said.

He said go up in competition, fine, but if he goes up to the (lol) 'elite' strikefarce has to offer in HW, then he wants to make the biggest leap. though Overeem is hardly the biggest leap on that list.

Bottom line, what we want as fans and what strikeforce needs from one of the few recognizable names they carry that is not waaaayyyy past prime or waaaayy over hyped, will not happen anytime soon. The stable is too bare and they have a very aggressive schedule they need to fill 5 fights to air that anyone would want to watch. Lashley, unlike Lesner, can not survive a loss so easily.
Violent By Design- February 15, 2010 at 12:09 am
I don't necessarily think he is a bitch for fighting cans at this stage of his career, don't forget, he is only 5 fights in, and this is a guy who isn't a "true" mixed martial artist (regardless of his superior wrestling skills), so I can see why he wants to take the slow route, and build his game up. After all, most fighters at this stage of their careers are usually still fighting cans, or are even considered the can themselves... with a few exceptions of course (i.e. Brock Lesnar)
ms isaak- February 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm
Dogpt3 Dude u sound like a bitch what does feder & overeem got to do wit ashley
&walker don't act like SF don't have legit HW now go suck dana dick get your fingers out his asshole !! SF gave ashley a stage to fight legit fighters on like del rosario he bitched up so they gave him sims now
They trying to give him a nother chance SF is not about 2 baby this faggot !!
AkilleeZ- February 14, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Lashley never seems relaxed when hes fighting...he's too jumpy and reactive. He needs some Jeet June Do training or something.

That said, this article made me laugh. So thanks for that, CP!
daeyeth- February 14, 2010 at 7:08 pm
Okay, I understand that he's not ready for someone like Rogers but seriously, Lashley's statement makes absolutely no sense and it really brings down my opinion of him. If he had said build up against a steady increase of skill, I'd agree with that. But he basically said:

"Either give me more Wes Sims or give me the money with a Fedor fight."

which translates to, I don't want to be legitimately threatened unless it's the champion. I'll be pissed if Strikeforce follows his logic because it'll show they don't mind being a circus act.
Smitty- February 14, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Dante and ReX13 are the only ones making any sense here. Lashley has only had a handful of fights in his entire career!!! Why is everyone saying he should fight these guys at the top of the Strikeforce HW division??? Because he's buff???? Think about what you're sayin. He's obviously not Brock Lesner so, he should be able to have a few more fights against opponents with similiar records. Some of you same clowns (including me) were furious when Brock got his shot so soon, but now you want to throw Lashley to the wolves even though he is saying he wants to go the route of MOST fighters, and take his time to make sure he's ready.
vengful1- February 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm
I don't think Lashley needs to be fighting top level guys yet, but he definitely needs to fight someone WAY better than Sims. Maybe someone that doesn't fight in the fetal position.
cecils_pupils- February 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm
Rex13 has me rollin... Overvagina? Bitchereem? very well done, sir.

BTW I hope you all get laid tonight for Valentines Day.
Dante- February 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm
rex13 slays.
mma samurai- February 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

lol if I ever come up with a new league of superheroes I'm calling you up for ideas on what to name them.
ReX13- February 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm
(Really, Lashley shouldn't fight Bitchereem until after he's lost his title to Fedor. Lashley should be able to work two development fights in, during which Overvagina loses via coma to Emelianenko. Fedor can fight Johnny Whoeverthefuck, and Lashley v Horsemeatereem can be set for December 2010.)
CheckHisPee- February 14, 2010 at 3:38 pm
@pacman, cecil pupils: that's money

@Dante: nice, the second time through really brought it home for me, lol.

For my part though, I wouldn't mind seeing Lashley vs 'Bigfoot' Silva.
ghostboner- February 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm
They should call him out on his bullshit and put him in there with Fedor or Overeem. See if he will even take the fight. I don't think he would. It is kind of annoying that he is saying "Give me more cans or give me a title fight", when you know what he really means is "just give me some more cans".
Dante- February 14, 2010 at 3:03 pm
double post FTW
Dante- February 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm
It makes perfect sense. He wants to fight people who are equal to where he is in terms of his mma career/record. When this happens, he's criticized and ridiculed for fighting 'cans'.

Technically, shouldn't Lashley be considered a can for any mid to upper level fighters? Including Rogers?

It seems that rather that assessing this guys skill set, which is most definitely a work in progress, all assessments are based solely on Lashley's strength and physique.

Dante- February 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm
It makes perfect sense. He wants to fight people who are equal to where he is in terms of his mma career/record. When this happens, he's criticized and ridiculed for fighting 'cans'.

Technically, shouldn't Lashley be considered a can for any mid to upper level fighters? Including Rogers?

It seems that rather that assessing this guys skill set, which is most definitely a work in progess, all assessments are based solely on Lashley's strength and physique.

mybongsnameisgreenmeenie- February 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm
i agree...the fresh cup of eat my shit...

ive been laughing so hard hahaha

mma samurai- February 14, 2010 at 2:02 pm
You know, I want to so badly like Lashley. He recently said he has been "let go" from the wrestling world and is focusing full time on MMA; so for that I commend him. Although with that one step forward here he is taking two steps back with this WWE type bullshit. He says he wants to come up slowly and "earn" his way up the ranks and yet he hasn't progressed in a level of competition. Everyone he has faced is in the decline of their careers. Who's he gonna ask for next John "Man of Faith" Murphy? Again I want to like him but until he takes on a legit quality fighter I can't really back the guy.
DazedNConfused- February 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm
If Lashley was crashing at my house id make him sit on the toilet when he pees. You know why? because hes a bitch.
BackbaconBilly- February 14, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Thanks for the laugh Pac-Man,

I'll be sorry to cya leave the fryer tho...dem fries was tasty!
dogpt3- February 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm
Overeem Lashley is a much more valid fight if Lashley cant get through Rogers or someone with a bit of legitimacy, coming off a wes sims victory I hardly think he's catapulted himself to title contention status.

The Talent wasting comment was definately more geared towards Fedor, and as much I don't like Overeem, he is unfortunately one of Strikeforces best fighters and would beat Lashley to a pulp. Overeem does have 2 wins over Vitor Belfort, Gary Goodridge, Mark Hunt and much of a bum as Fujita was when they fought last, even Fujita has tons of fights against people of the likes of Fedor, Crocop, Wanderlei, etc.

Lashleys most notable wins are over Wes Sims and Bob Sapp?

The problem is that strikeforces talent pool is so small that they can't risk pitting an up an comer like lashley against anyone too legitimate because the downside of him losing is way bigger than the upside of him winning.
steampunk22- February 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm
@iDestroy @Pac-Man

Solid comments, boys! Funny funny shit.

On an unrelated note, @CecilsPupils rebuttal to dogpt3 made me laugh hard for a solid minute, I love that he was clearly offended. A fresh cup of eat my shit. Awesome. Shrug it off, chief.
ReX13- February 14, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Yeah, even though i like this Lashley kid, i have to admit...this argument doesn't make much sense at all. It begs the question--exactly who does Lashley think he should be fighting? Tony Sylvester? James Thompson? Sokoudjou?

C'mon Bobby--one more fight to develop the way you want, and then jump into the deep end. Otherwise, you're just gonna look like a bitch. We all know that undefeated records aren't the important thing; your opponents are how we judge who the baddest of the bad are.

Cecil pupils has it right--if StrikeForce can present Lashley as the underdog in a title fight with Overeem, that's huge all around. That story just sells itself, and i think Lashley has a legitimate chance of pounding Overeem back to picking on Dutch bouncers.

dogpt3 said: "Does cagepotato give tshirts for the worst comment of the week?"

This, from the guy who said Overeem is "wasting [his] talent on bums like this guy"? What, you want a shit shirt too? Please, why don't you share with the class what Overbitchassereem is doing with his steroids talent?
parchy mcthirst- February 14, 2010 at 12:18 pm

funny ass shit man

Lashley should fight Rogers or some credible opponent. Enough of this Gerber food nonsense, feed him the good stuff