WWE superstar Bobby Lashley only recently became the brand's third black champion after defeating The Miz, and he's already setting his sights on bigger things, or bigger humans, in this case. The champion has publicly stated he's up for a throwdown with none other than The Beast Incarnate Brock Lesnar, and furthermore, he's even willing to take that brawl outside the confines of WWE and into the realm of MMA. So could Bobby Lashley and Brock Lesnar eventually face off in a UFC event? It definitely sounds like a possibility, given Lashley's latest comments.
The WWE champ recently spoke to TMZ Sports about his recent World Champion title acquisition, and it inevitably led to the subject of Brock Lesnar coming up. Lashley was asked point-blank about whether a WWE title match or even an MMA showdown could happen with Lesnar, and Lashley laid out the situation as plainly as he could, by basically agreeing to anything.
Well I'll tell you this: I woke up in the morning, I did my cardio, I ate my breakfast, I'm doing some interviews, I got to go work out after this, I got to eat lunch. I can only control the things that I can control. I'm willing to fight, I'm willing to wrestle, I'm willing to do a doggone hundred meter dash. I don't care. I like those big matches. Brock is one of the biggest things across the sports industry, the sports world, across the board. So if I can have an opportunity to fight Brock or wrestle Brock or do anything against Brock I'm 100% in and I will be ready. That's all I gotta say about that.
Bobby Lashley essentially said the situation is only so much in his control, especially in regards to anything outside the WWE. But if a match with Brock Lesnar in any capacity is a possibility, he's up for it, from pro wrestling to thumb-wrestling to MMA fighting to possibly even electronic football. Of course, Lashley can only defend his title against opponents that the WWE has booked for him, and Brock Lesnar isn't just some run-of-the-mill talent. The larger-than-life athlete has had some say over his own matches in past years, thanks in large part to his massive draw as both a former WWE and UFC champion, but Lesnar apparently isn't contracted with any promotions at this point.
For anyone who thought Bobby Lashley was out of his mind suggesting an MMA fight against a bruiser like Brock Lesnar, it's not as crazy as it sounds. Both men are billed around the same height and weight, and while Lashley has never fought in the UFC specifically, he holds a 15-2 professional MMA record from his time in Strikeforce and Bellator. Six of those wins came from knockouts, six came from submissions, and three were victories by decision. That's far more fights than Lesnar's 5-3 professional record, plus the no contest Lesnar received after failing a drug test after his most recent bout. Lashley has more wins period than Lesnar has MMA bouts altogether, so he would appear to be the more seasoned athlete.
One major question mark surrounding all this is where Brock Lesnar is headed next. Lesnar's WWE contract expired last year in the months following his loss at WrestleMania in 2020, so the possibility of him rejoining UFC is back on the table, assuming Dana White is willing to re-welcome someone with a millions-strong fanbase intact. Lesnar did tease a return to the octagon in 2019 but ultimately re-signed with WWE. Where he ends up might determine how Bobby Lashley would directly challenge him, but that's even assuming Lesnar would accept such a challenge. The prospect of these two WWE legends facing off outside the brand is exciting and would make big bucks for the promoters who could make it happen, as well as the fighters, so it's not like it's outside of Lesnar's purview.
Will Brock Lesnar respond to Bobby Lashley's latest remarks? Fans may find out on Monday Night Raw, which airs on USA on Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET. If the matchup did happen, would you rather it take place within the WWE or MMA world? Sound off in our poll, and keep an eye on the headlines as WWE inches ever closer to the next WrestleMania.