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Undefeated heavyweight Bobby Lashley hopes to earn at shot at the Strikeforce title currently held by Alistair Overeem early next year, but the 5-0 former professional wrestler first needs to get past Chad Griggs at “Strikeforce: Houston” on Aug. 21.

During a Monday conference call to promote the Showtime-televised event, Lashley said Griggs should offer a good test, but that his recent training with Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier has shown he’s ready for top competition.

“I feel better than I’ve ever felt coming into a fight,” Lashley said. “This is just another one of those tests. I’m coming in bigger, better and faster than I ever have. I’m pretty confident coming into this fight. I think he’s right in line as an opponent for me. I don’t think anyone is thinking I should be fighting Fedor who has 30 wins under his belt. If this fight goes the way I hope it goes I’m going all the way to the top. I know what my abilities are.”

Lashley said he won’t take any time off after the upcoming bout and hopes to return to action quickly with hopes of earning a title shot early next year.

“Hopefully at the first part of next year,” Lashley said. “I don’t know when my next fight will be. That’s up to Scott Coker to decide. I’m not going to take any time off. I like to train and I want to stay conditioned. After this fight I just hope to keep training and get that title shot next year.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said Lashley could eventually earn a shot at the title, but just needs to focus on winning for now.

“I always think, ‘What is Bobby going to look like 18 months from now. Or a year from now.’ With his abilities and his size and strength I really think the sky is the limit,” Coke said. “But he has to get through Chad first on the 21st. That has to be the first thing on the top of his mind. We have five of the top heavyweights in the world now. And Bobby fits right into that. The good thing about it is if you keep winning, you will get your shot at a title. Bobby needs to just keep winning.”

http://mmafrenzy.com/15518/bobby-lashley-wants-strikeforce-title-shot-in-early-2011/

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anyone think this is possible?...
 

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maybe if he stopped fighting guys like this...
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I actually think that Bobby has the ability to be a good fighter but he hasn't shown it yet. I'm keeping track of him on the internet and he seems an intelligent, hard working and determined. All he has to do now is to seriously move up in the competition.
 

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Coker is a freaking joke. Lashley refuses to work his way up the ladder and may still get rewarded with a title shot without fighting anyone of consequence in the SF Heavyweight roster?
 

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Yeah I think he should fight Fedor and winner gets Overeem while Werdum is still recovering from whatever he has!:(
that actually makes sense if your familiar with the scott coker version of mma math
 

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Bobby Lashley would get annihilated by Overeem right now, so that's not the fight I want to see. Give me Overeem vs. Fedor before Fedor starts to decline too much. I would also love to see Overeem vs. Werdum for the title, that rematch would go way differently than before I'm predicting.
 

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Why does everyone want Lashley to fight top guys. He only has 5 MMA fights under his belt. If his name wasnt Bobby Lashley we wouldnt even be having this conversation. I think if he wins his next fight, he should fight either Del Rosario or Brett Rogers. Then if he wins that fight he could go on to Overeem/Werdum/Fedor. But i honestly think if he gets 2 more wins i could see the UFC try to pluck him away.
 

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Ehhhhhh, I would doubt it if Lashley actually got a title shot. First thing's first, he needs to win later this month. Then, I'm pretty sure he'd get something else before the end of the year - at least, that's what he's been asking for. With Werdum out until 2011, I'm now interested to see where Lashley ends up in the conversation, but I doubt he'll get a title shot.
 
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