Bobby Lashley Battled Mononucleosis in Upset Loss to Chad Griggs

Written by Tom Ngo
September 13th, 2010

Strikeforce Heavyweight Bobby Lashley

Pro wrestling fans have been frantically scouring the globe for answers after watching Bobby Lashley get handed his first MMA blemish at “Strikeforce: Houston.” Thankfully, Lashely brought the desperate search to an end by claiming he was battling mononucleosis going into last month’s scrap against Chad Griggs.

“I already asked for a rematch, because when you have certain events like I did, that sort of hindered me from being able to open up and fight. I’ve got to go back,” Lashley told MMAFighting.com.”I’d hate for them to use that fight to boost somebody’s career, saying, ‘Okay, he beat Bobby,’ because that wasn’t really the case. If I didn’t have these problems, and I’d been able to go out there and fight, I think it would have been a pretty quick win for me. But I just didn’t have anything in me.”

The 34-year-old was a significant 6-to-1 favorite to start his mixed martial arts career with a perfect 6-0 mark, unfortunately Griggs opted to flip the script and mastermind one of the biggest upsets of 2010 with his impressive TKO victory.

“When I went to the hospital afterwards, they said I was really dehydrated,” Lashley said. “I went to the hospital on Thursday before the fight because I wasn’t feeling very good. I was just sluggish and not feeling good, so I went to urgent care and got checked out. I thought I was going to be okay.

“We didn’t do any blood work, but they gave me an IV because they said I was a little dehydrated then and when I went in there and fought I didn’t have anything in me.”

After watching his perfect record evaporate into the hot Texas night, Lashley noticed his bandwagon had dissipated almost as quickly.

“Ever since I got into the fight game I’ve had people badmouthing me … and all that stuff got into my head. … Now, after that fight was a real eye-opener,” he added. “I didn’t go in there at 100% and now everyone was like, ‘This is what we wanted, we wanted to see him get beat.’ So now, I really don’t care. I’m going out there to fight and I’m not worried about any critics, any this or that, I’m not worried about any of that anymore.

“I’m not going to have any pressure on me. If they want to keep that as a loss, then keep that as a loss so I have a loss, because now I’m just going to go out there and fight. Because once you have a loss, you’re not undefeated anymore so now I don’t have to worry about that. So I can just go out there and fight.”

While he may be pushing for an immediate mulligan against Griggs, it’s highly unlikely Strikeforce brass will accommodate his wishes. The TNA superstar said he hopes to return before the year is out – regardless of who he stands opposite.

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