After fighting just once in all of 2012, heavyweight Bobby Lashley (9-2) racked up two wins in the past month alone. If things go according to his plans, Lashley could have as many as six fights under his belt by year’s end.
“There’s a couple organizations right now that we’re talking about doing a multi-fight deal with, so it’s just time to feel some things out,” Lashley told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). “It’s time to figure out who would like to have me for the next few fights.”
Lashley, who recently took some time off from MMA to work a few things out in his personal life, has returned to the sport with a vengeance, earning two wins in a span of just 22 days, both coming by way of submission. Both victories came against fighters coming off losses, but Lashley believes they were the right opponents for him to continue his development as a fighter. Still, he knows at 36 years old, it’s time to put his talent to the test if he has aspirations of landing on the sport’s biggest stages.
“I think I’ve got to prove myself a little more,” Lashley said. “I think the next few fights, … I’m going to be able to show how eager I really am and what I’m capable of doing. I think that’s what it really all boils down to.
“They’re not going to pay you for your name. They’re going to pay you for what you’re capable of doing. I’ve got to raise my stock.”
Lashley said he’s already in talks for two different potential bouts in August, as well as one in November. He’d also like to continue to pursue the professional wrestling career that was his bread and butter until he turned to MMA in 2008.
In the meantime, he’ll try to land with a promotion that will keep him busy as Lashley looks to prove he’s more than a wrestler-turned-fighter but has developed legitimate skills and is worthy of consideration as a world-class mixed-martial-artist.
“I think for me right now, it’s more of getting myself ready,” Lashley said. “I think if I’m more comfortable, I’m going to be really ready. I think I’m going to have a better time out there, and I’m not going to be rushing to try and finish really quick. I’ll just take my time, fight, stay out there and display my skills.”
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