Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker: “Bobby Lashley is Going to Have to Do Some Soul Searching”

Written by Tom Ngo
August 25th, 2010

Strikeforce Heavyweight Bobby Lashley

Following his disappointing performance against Chad Griggs on Saturday night, it appears Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker may have hopped off Bobby Lashley’s bandwagon.

“We’ll be talking to Bobby later. You know he’s going to have to do some soul searching and really decide what he wants to do,” said Coker said at the “Strikeforce: Houston” post-fight press conference. “But if he decides to fight, we’ll have him back.”

If that wasn’t a ringing endorsement from your boss that he wants you to return, then I don’t know what is…

The soft-spoken promoter took his skepticism of the former WWE superstar a step further while appearing as a guest on MMA Nation Radio.

“Mixed martial arts is sport where sometimes you’re going to get hit, you’re going to get hurt. It’s not like pro wrestling,” Coker matter-of-factly stated. “As he’s working his way up, he’s going to come to a point where he says ‘is this something I want to do?’ You’re working your way up and now you get a real clear picture of what mixed martial arts is and do you want to work through and continue or do you want to do something else?”

In addition to his inexperience in the violent world of MMA is the added hoopla his 265-pound frame must shoulder, courtesy of his fake-fighting days inside the squared-circle.

“The thing that’s not fair for Bobby is he has all these high expectations from all these people,” Coker added. “People think he should be right in there fighting Fedor [Emelianenko]. I mean, come on. Let’s be real. He’s not at that level right now.”

Lashley was rushed to the hospital on Saturday night after failing to answer the 3rdRound horn. Although Kristal Marshall Tweeted her boyfriend had received “very scary news” from doctors, PWTorch reported yesterday Lashely was just “extremely dehydrated” after 10 long minutes of fighting and was treated with multiple IV bags.

Coker told MMA Nation that Lashley has already reached out to Strikeforce brass requesting to avenge his poor showing, STAT.

(Special thanks to Steve Cofield of Yahoo! Sports)

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