Strikeforce’s Bobby Lashely Leaves TNA to “Focus Full Time on MMA”

Written by Tom Ngo
February 15th, 2010

Depending on why you’re a fan of Bobby Lashley, we’ve got some good or bad news for you. The former TNA superstar has taken an involuntary and indefinite leave from professional wrestling in order to pursue MMA full time.

“I had a talk with the guys a while back about doing [MMA and wrestling], everything seemed to be working well,” Lashley recently told Heavy.com. “I think maybe there were some complications there towards the end. I got back home and got all these calls from people saying that I had been released from wrestling.

“So as far as I know, I’ve been released. I can focus full time on MMA.”

The 33-year-old feels that his TNA release could be a blessing in disguise, especially if you take into consideration his late start in mixed martial arts, He fully intends to utilize his abundance of free time on perfecting his new craft.

“This is a crazy sport. I love this sport,” Lashley said. “It is one of those things that you have to pour your heart into it. And I have to concentrate on the training in order to make it to where I want to make it in MMA.”

I couldn’t really tell you what Lashely’s pro wrestling record is, nor do I wish to Google it to try and find out,  but I do know he holds a perfect 5-0 mark in mixed martial arts and has emerged much improved each time he takes the cage, specifically in his last three outings.

“This will probably break some hearts, but make a lot of MMA fans happy,” the American Top Team-trained fighter added.

However, Lashley doesn’t expect too drastic a fallout from his recent career choice as his fans seem to follow him around everywhere he goes, and don’t think for a second that he doesn’t notice or appreciate it.

“It’s kinda weird. It seems like it is almost the same fans,” Lashley said of his followers. “I like to keep in touch with my fans, so I hear it all. ‘You should only fight. You should come back to professional wrestling.’ So I don’t know who is watching me where, but as long as they are there.

“I love my fans and I’ll never turn my back on my pro wrestling fans and I’m very happy to have new MMA fans as well.”

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