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Old 06-03-2008, 04:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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He was a Marine I believe, and during his time in the Marines he was a Marine boxing champ I believe as well.
He got a Silver medal in the world armed forces wrestling championships, but I never heard anything about boxing.
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He was a Marine I believe, and during his time in the Marines he was a Marine boxing champ I believe as well.
I could be mistaken but I believe Lashley was a championship wrestler and boxer in Marine competitions, oddly enough though he competed at 185 pounds in the marines.

:Edit: after further looking it up he never actually won anything in boxing but did compete when he was in the marines.:
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I could be mistaken but I believe Lashley was a championship wrestler and boxer in Marine competitions, oddly enough though he competed at 185 pounds in the marines.

:Edit: after further looking it up he never actually won anything in boxing but did compete when he was in the marines.:
Mmmm I never heard anything about boxing, but if it's true then he has 2 good bases to start of, I think he will do well in MMA, he is also starting in the small orgs instead of jumping to the UFC like Lesnar.
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Im thinking the fact that he competed at 185 and is now probably over 265 of muscle though seems really suspicious, you dont pack on 85 pounds of muscle naturally, Im thinking we'll gonna see a much leaner Lashley competing in MMA.
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One of the main reasons why Lashley quit was because of Michael Hayes.

From his latest interviews after Hayes was suspended for 60 days... Lashley said he has had a couple of run-ins with Hayes yet he hasn't really effected Lashley personally.

I didn't think Hayes had anything to do with it.. I know Lashley said once he got injured he didn't want to return because the demand for a person in his position is too much for something he never really wanted to do in the first place. They offered him the contract and he hated training on the road everyday in a different gym... on a plane or bus everyday in different cities. He wanted to be grounded.
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Im thinking the fact that he competed at 185 and is now probably over 265 of muscle though seems really suspicious, you dont pack on 85 pounds of muscle naturally, Im thinking we'll gonna see a much leaner Lashley competing in MMA.
It's 99.9 percent likely that he was juiced at some point. Can't blame him too much. I'm sure a lot of people in professional wrestling get pressured into it.
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He will do well, his wrestling background is solid and he's a beast, he's very similar to Lesnar so I think he should be ok.
But I thought he always seemed less agile than Lesnar. He was a little too muscle-bound in WWE, if you ask me.

I'm not sold on him as a fighter at all. But if he pulls out the hanging suplex in a fight, then sold I'll be.
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Bobby Lashley signs with the AFL
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June 02, 2008

IT’S OFFICIAL! AFL SIGNS BOBBY LASHLEY TO MULTI-FIGHT DEAL

Former wrestling megastar announces his long anticipated entrance into MMA

(LEXINGTON, KY) – The American Fight League has signed former WWE wrestling star Bobby Lashley to a multi-fight contract, demarking the beginning of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The official announcement was made in front of a full crowd in Atlanta during the AFL: BulletProof event held at Philips Arena on Friday, May 30.

Since announcing his exit from professional wrestling there have been murmurs that the goliath-like Bobby Lashley would be making a move into MMA. Long anticipated and much speculated, the signing of Bobby Lashley to fight in the American Fight League will finally put all the rumors to rest. Bobby’s entrance into the cage is sure to bring a new level of excitement to the MMA world as he competes in the heavyweight division, one known for its hard hitting brawlers and dramatic knock downs.

“I’ve been looking to switch to MMA for quite some time but wanted to make sure the move was with the right organization. It wasn’t until I started talking with the American Fight League that I found where I wanted to begin the next chapter in my career,” said Lashley. “I love the AFL’s vision. They aren’t interested in running a circus but rather want to produce quality MMA events with legitimate athletes. The more I spoke with BJ Santiago and Jon Hatton, the more I knew that the AFL would be the best outlet for me to show the world what I can do in the ring. I think we are going to be a great fit, and I am excited about my first fight.”

American Fight League CEO BJ Santiago could not be more pleased with the Lashley signing. “There’s no question that this is an enormous signing for the AFL,” said Santiago. “Bringing athletes like Bobby Lashley on board shows the world that we are very serious about signing top talent to our roster.” Santiago added, “Bobby is an incredible competitor with a lot of star power and charisma. Fans love him. I believe he will be a great ambassador for the AFL and the sport of mixed martial arts.”

Joining the AFL will mark Lashley’s entrance into the sport of competitive MMA. With a long history in competitive wrestling, MMA is a natural progression for the championship level athlete. He attended Missouri Valley College where he was a three-time National Amateur Wrestling Champion and four-time All-American. Lashley went on to join the United States Army where he continued to wrestle and was a two-time Armed Forces Champion and a 2002 Silver Medalist at the Military World Championships.

In November 2003, Lashley began a career with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) where he stayed until early 2008. Lashley’s athleticism, magnetic personality and commanding presence quickly placed him as one of the WWE’s most popular wrestlers, garnering him a loyal worldwide fan base. He defeated numerous wrestling stars and earned two pro wrestling heavyweight titles.

For specific questions related to Bobby Lashley please contact – Cole Meyerson Entertainment – Matt Meyerson - matt@rp-rt.com
Source: http://www.americanfightleague.com/ssp/news?news_id=46

Man, Lashley's got one freaky neck — or lack thereof. Gonna be a tough guy to choke, at least.
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Are those guys that big or has he lost a pile of weight?
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:29 PM   #20 (permalink)
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But I thought he always seemed less agile than Lesnar. He was a little too muscle-bound in WWE, if you ask me.

I'm not sold on him as a fighter at all. But if he pulls out the hanging suplex in a fight, then sold I'll be.
Yeah I guess he's less agile, Lesnar even when he was massive could do shooting star presses in the WWE. Or maybe Lashley wasn't allowed to do them (you know, because of the new policy banning dangerous moves). I don't know, I guess we'll see. I hope he can do well because he was one of my favourite wrestlers.

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Are those guys that big or has he lost a pile of weight?
I read sometime ago in a wrestling forum that after leaving the WWE he lost like 20 pounds of mass.
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