WWE: Bobby Lashley Eyeing Bellator Return, Fight
It would appear that Bobby Lashley could be looking to take some time away from WWE in the near future to focus on his mixed martial arts career. While Lashley is currently under contract with WWE, he’s also still under contract with Bellator according to a recent interview he just had with Sky Sports.
“I think I am still probably going to do a couple more before it’s all said and done,” Lashley said. “I am still under contract at Bellator also, and if I go back I will give them a call and possibly go after [Ryan] Bader. I don’t want to wait too long, time is ticking.
Bader, of course, is the current Bellator Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion.
Lashley’s ambitions to return to the world of MMA could come sooner than later as well as The Almighty One hinted that he could be looking to do so after WWE’s SummerSlam pay-per-view.
“I feel great. My body is 100% so I think maybe this summer, maybe after SummerSlam.”
This would be fairly significant news for both WWE and Bellator.
Lashley’s Bellator Return Would Be Huge
The 42-year-old Lashley has been booked in a significant angle that came to a head at WrestleMania 35, resulting in Lashley losing his Intercontinental Championship to Finn Balor. Despite this loss, Lashley is a two-time Intercontinental Champion in his current WWE stint and is clearly being seen as a big-time player by Vince McMahon.
For Bellator, Lashley brings name power and a very successful resume to the table. In 17 MMA fights in his career, The Dominator has won 15 fights and lost only two, one by knockout and one by decision. His return to Bellator would be huge for the promotion, especially as Brock Lesnar’s UFC return doesn’t seem like it’s a certainty at this point.
While one promotion is potentially going to get a big name back for a big-time fight, their direct competition is still unsure about the status of one of their more notorious fighters in the company’s history.