Lashley Dominates Again at Bellator 162
Even at the age of 40, joint professional wrestler and MMA fighter Bobby “The Dominator” Lashley’s chance at Bellator MMA’s vacant heavyweight title seems imminent. He moved to 15-2 (12 finishes, 5-0 in BMMA) with his submission of Josh Appelt.
“The Juggernaut” in Appelt gets things underway just trying to land strikes. The former WWE superstar is the first to connect with anything significant, a right hook, and ties up Appelt in the clinch before the fight is back to a boxing match. The television commentators seem to notice an accidental eye poke that the official does not. The bout continues without a pause.
Lashley takes matters to the ground with a combination of his amateur wrestling background and plain nasty ground and pound. Appelt is seeing red when he heads back to his corner between rounds.
This time it’s Appelt who shoots in for the takedown. He gets caught in a guillotine choke but nothing comes of it. Lashley scores on him with blows until he rolls onto his stomach where this contest ends.
Bobby Lashley def. Josh Appelt via Rear-Naked Choke at 1:43 of Round 2
Bobby Lashley’s current pro wrestling home, Impact Wrestling (formerly Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) has been experiencing behind-the-scenes financial woes for years, now more so than ever. It is soon expected that Lashley could soon be shifting to a heavier MMA schedule.
He told ESPN.com “…If anything changes, I’m still training for my fight [at Bellator 162]. I have training people lined up for me in Orlando for when I go. I have my boxing coach who is coming with me and I have a few people I am looking into sparring down there so I already put the heads up to those guys that if things don’t work out, I’ll just switch gears and drive down to Coconut Creek and I’ll go to [American Top Team] and do some work down there. So it’s not really a big deal to me. I want to be wrestling and I want TNA to stay alive because it has been a great program for me up to this point.”
The Coloradoan also recently said that he would rather fight against Rizin’s Fedor Emelianenko that compete for the Bellator belt. While that situation is still to be resolved, he did shed some light to ESPN on how much gas he has left in the tank for both of his careers.
“Fighting, I would say two, maybe three. And it’s not because my body is not holding up because my body is feeling great. I would say it’s more because my kids are young. I’m a full-time single father so I would like to spend a little bit more time with my kids. When I train for fights my kids understand and they have my back. They are there with me. I want to get to a time when I can focus on them a little bit more. As far as wrestling, it just depends on who I am wrestling for and when I’m wrestling. If I’m wrestling for TNA and we have kind of the same schedule, s***, I can do that for 10 more years.”