Former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley made his highly anticipated mixed martial arts debut last night at the “Mixed Fight Alliance: There Will be Blood” card that took place in Miami, Florida. The 260 pound powerhouse took on fellow debuting mixed martial artist Joshua Franklin.
Lashley needed only 41 seconds to dispatch of Franklin in impressive fashion. Lashley landed some heavy punches standing that caused a nasty gash on Franklin’s forehead. The cut was ruled to be too severe upon inspection by the ringside doctor and the bout was waved off.
Just seconds into the bout the former collegiate wrestling champion lifted Franklin into the air and slammed him to the canvas. While in Franklin’s guard Lashley landed some hard punches to the heavyweights chin before backing up and allowing him to his feet. Lashley jumped on Franklin immediately and landed several extremely hard punches that caused the cut and brought forth the end of the bout.
Most do not expect Lashley to have any problems with the wrestling aspect of MMA but he surprised many ringside observers with how comfortable he seemed to look while striking on his feet last night.
His debut drew a lot of attention after Brock Lesnar, another former WWE superstar, recently shocked the MMA community to knockout Randy Couture and win the UFC heavyweight championship.
Lashley took the bout with the Mixed fighting Alliance because the promotion that he is currently under contract with, The American Fight League, has yet to put together a show. Lashley had previously expressed interest in an exclusive interview with FiveOuncesOfPain.com of joining up with one of the major organizations such as the UFC, Affliction or Dream at some point in the first part of next year.
Training with the American Top Team, which is widely recognized as one of the premier mixed martial arts gyms in the world, is sure to bring out the best in Lashley. Home to multiple world champions and black belts, whatever potential there is for Lashley to become a great fighter will be sure to be brought to the surface in the near future.
Other action on the card saw heavyweight grappling superstar, Jeff Monson, defeat former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez by unanimous decision.
The fight was a rematch of the pairs previous bout on the UFC 35 card that Rodriguez had won.
The win marked Monson’s third straight victory and Rodriguez’ first loss in his last seven bouts.