Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Bobby Lashley demolished an overmatched Mike Cook just 24 seconds into his Maximum Fighting Championship debut last Friday night in Edmonton, Alberta.
Lashley, 32, was the winner of three national amateur wrestling championships between 1996 and 1998. He later enlisted in the United States Army and continued to grapple there. He was also incensed once when his dramatically inferior opponent entered the cage donning a mask a la Jack Black’s character from the movie Nacho Libre.
"I’m here for business," fumed Lashley (3-0) of Cook’s perceived insult. "I’m here and everyone wants to and tries to make fun of the wrestling thing. I’m real. If they want to play around, I’ll knock them out or choke them out. And that’s what I did. I choked him out and made him pay. Now he can go put the mask back on and have fun with himself."
The native of Denver, CO announced after the fight that his next Mixed Martial Arts foe would be former NFL offensive lineman and K1 kickboxing force Bob “The Beast” Sapp.
Sapp, 35, who owns a 10-3-1 MMA record and was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, is a monstrous specimen that should offer fierce competition for Lashley in their June matchup.
Despite “The Beast’s” vast weight advantage (100 lbs) over the incredibly chiseled Lashley, expect the two-time ECW World Champion and one-time United States titleholder to dispense of Sapp in a timely fashion and prove that his combat capabilities are legitimate once they scrap in Biloxi, MS next month.
After “The Dominator” disposes of “The Beast,” it will be interesting to see if the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, offers Lashley a contract to compete in his mainstream organization sometime in the near future.
Unlike his erstwhile wrasslin’ colleague, Brock Lesnar, Lashley may not overwhelm the UFC heavyweight division.
Nevertheless, “The Dominator” would not be physically dominated by any fighter and it would be compelling to watch Lashley participate in the UFC.