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Bobby Lashley Signs New Deals with TNA and Bellator, Other Wrestlers Re-Sign with TNA

– TNA’s John Gaburick announced on Friday that Bobby Lashley, Bram and Robbie E have all signed contract extensions with the company. They join MVP, Bobby Roode, Tigre Uno, Rockstar Spud, Angelina Love, Matt Hardy and Tyrus as talents who have recently re-signed.

Lashley also signed a new deal with Bellator MMA this week. They announced the following:

Bellator MMA signs wrestling star Bobby Lashley to a long-term contract extension

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (March 20, 2015) – Bellator MMA announced today that superstar heavyweight Bobby Lashley (12-2) has signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion. Lashley is a perfect 2-0 under the Bellator banner, and 10 of his 12 victories have come by way of stoppage.

The 6’3 wrestling standout started training in the sport at age 12, and would go on to win several titles including three National Championships at Missouri Valley College, an NAIA National Championship, a CISM World Championship Silver Medal and a two-time Armed Forces Wrestling Championship when he served in the United States Army.

With his amazing wrestling pedigree, “The Dominator” signed a developmental contract with the WWE in 2004 and made his professional debut for the organization in 2005. Lashley would go on to fight for ECW and TNA as well, but wanted to prove himself in the world of MMA.

In 2008, Lashley began training in MMA full time with the American Top Team (ATT) gym in Coconut Creek Florida. He would later open his own ATT gym in Denver, CO, and trains between the two facilities with several respected athletes including Josh Barnett, Antonio “Big Foot Silva”, and Todd Duffee.

“I’ve had two fights with Bellator, and I’m happy to be calling the promotion my home,” said Lashley. “Scott Coker and the company have really reignited my desire to fight and I’m looking forward to a huge year with some dominant wins.”

  • asdasd

    Bob looks really bad in MMA, in his fights in Bellator he embarrassed himself unable to finish submissions, and just wrangling the guy trying to figure out what to do. Really, he has been doing MMA long enough to know how to finish at least a few moves, right?

    And his punching is odd at best. His arms are still curled when extended (which is why more weightlifters don’t do Boxing or MMA, because their big upper arms glue their arms into a partially perma-curled position). His actual wrestling is clumsy. His losses are also sketchy. He retired in the corner between rounds in one fight because he was dehydrated. His other loss was a fight (against Thompson) he pretty much won but the judges screwed him. Thompson held Lashley on the cage longer than Lashley held Thompson but Lashley was 3x more aggro on the cage while when Thompson held him on the cage he did just that – held him and leaned against him.

    What I do like about Lashley is that he really brings the fight and looks to finish. He don’t fool around, he hits people real hard and immediately explodes into a takedown or choke or something. If more of the guys who are near the top 10 would fight with the passion of Lashley, there would be very few boring fights. He does have a real chance to win the Bellator belt. I would like to see him fight 1-2 top 10 in Bellator then get a title shot.

    Too bad Kole Conrad left MMA, or he would still be wrecking the heavies there (maybe even made it into the UFC).