(This story was first published by Wrestling Junkie.)
Even though Bobby Lashley is arguably in the midst of his most impressive WWE run to date, he hasn’t given up on taking on more MMA fights – and has even floated the idea of a UFC fight by Vince McMahon.
Lashley revealed both his desire to get back in the cage and why he bugged McMahon about the UFC in a recent interview with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp.
“It’s still in me,” Lashley said. “I’m just that guy. I was talking before because I know we were doing stuff with the UFC. Vince and Stephanie (McMahon) and everyone else were seated at ringside, and I was in the stands too. I text Vince, ‘Can I get in there?’ He’s like, ‘Come on.’ So I still have it in me. I love fighting.
The “UFC stuff” Lashley is referring to happened on July 2, when WWE’s Money in the Bank event took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on the same night as UFC 276 takes place. was taking place nearby at the T-Mobile Arena. Since the WWE event ended first, a contingent of its personalities have appeared in the UFC main event, and Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Paul “Triple H” Levesque and announcer Pat McAfee were shown in the crowd during the show.
Lashley has had plenty of success in his MMA career, compiling a 15-2 record with 12 stoppage wins (six by knockout, six by submission). He has fought in a variety of promotions including Strikeforce for two fights in 2010.
He hasn’t fought in the UFC yet, and that might not be possible right now; even if the UFC was interested, Lashley would still be under contract with Bellator, where he’s had his last five MMA fights — all wins.
There’s also some question as to whether his WWE contract would allow him to take time off to pursue MMA fights. When he was in charge of the company, Vince McMahon was generally loath to allow such arrangements, although he made an exception for Brock Lesnar.
Either way, Lashley is very busy right now as the WWE United States Championship and will likely have a title defense in Wales at Clash at the Castle on September 3. It’s fun to know, though, that his MMA fire is still burning, even at 46 years old.