Bobby Lashley recently spoke about his transition from pro wrestling to MMA and more. Check out the highlights:
On his goal when fighting: "Before when I was fighting, I just felt like I had to go out there and win. That was my only focus. Now I'm trying to get the rhythm, get to where I feel comfortable in there. I'm getting that ring time, and that's what's really important to me now. Because in practice, I do really well. But in fights I get a lot of pressure on me, and I get nervous. I'm trying to get that out of my system."
On fighting twice in a month: "I just decided, it's one of those things where I'm not getting any younger. If I'm going to fight, I need to fight. I need to stay active. I need to do something big now. If not, I need to hang it up and just do stuff with my gym. I'm fighting this fight, and I think I have two in August that were offered to me. Hopefully if I don't get hurt, I can stay active and just keep going."
On the early hype around him: "My first fight was at the American Airlines Arena, headlining a card at 0-0. There wasn't any chance to get comfortable in there. It was just go in there and finish that guy quick. You can't learn that way."
On going a different route in his career than Brock Lesnar: "I own a gym, and I want to get to the point where I can actually teach these martial arts to other people. I really enjoy learning. I wouldn't say that what Brock did was bad because he made a lot of money, and that's important. But I don't wish I had gone that route. I'm enjoying the route that I'm taking now. It's a little rockier, but I don't mind it."
On his first MMA loss in Strikeforce: "Some of these guys will go out and lose a fight, and yeah, they take a little heat, but pretty soon they're back in the scene. They shake it off and they go. For me, when I lost my first fight, it was terrible. I had mono. It was a bad idea for me to take that fight, but I felt obligated, and I went ahead and did it. Losing that fight, I took a huge blow in my career. It was a 180 [degree] turn after losing that fight."
On not fighting the big names right away: "Some guy was saying, 'You should have taken the fight with [Alistair] Overeem.' Well, I got offered a fight with Overeem after, like, my third fight. I got offered a fight with Fedor [Emelianenko] after, like, two fights. I don't think that would have been a smart move to take those fights. ... I have my thing going on, and I'm training and trying to get better, but fans don't understand that. They just want you to fight. They just want to see this guy fight that guy."
On taking his time: "Hopefully I can show these guys that I can be in one of these major promotions and be a threat there. But until I feel that way I'm going to keep taking these fights outside those promotions and keep getting better. If I can do that, I can really rattle some off. If I can feel comfortable in these next few fights, I'd like to do something big."