Bobby Lashley made a triumphant debut in Bellator Friday night, scoring a second round submission victory over Josh Burns at Bellator 123.
Lashley, who actually holds a world title in the pro wrestling promotion TNA, earned his 11th career MMA victory. He previously fought under Scott Coker with Strikeforce.
After working for an early keylock and kimura, Lashley (11-2) transitioned to the back off a takedown and choked Burns (8-8) out.
“I wanted to do more with my striking, but I always gotta go to my go-to,” said Lashley, a former standout wrestler. “I’ve gotta keep moving forward. I’m going right back into camp.
“I’ve got some big training camps coming up so I’m just going to keep going and see what Bellator hands me next.”
The 38-year-old Lashley made his MMA debut in 2008 and won his first five fights. He lost to veteran Chad Griggs in 2010 and was handed a second defeat by James Thompson in 2012.
Since that loss, though, Lashley has earned three submission wins and a decision.