The current WWE Champion Bobby Lashley is not only a huge star in pro wrestling but he also dominated in MMA. ‘The All Mighty’ has an impressive MMA record at 15-2 and saw a run in MMA for eight long years. He has had huge victories in top-tier promotions such as Strikeforce (later bought by the UFC) and Bellator. In Bellator, he holds an impressive 5-0 record. However, he never made a move to UFC. Previously, it was noted that Bobby Lashley tried to cancel Brock Lesnar match.
Bobby Lashley reveals Dana White offered a small contract
Many fans have been wondering why Lashley did not have a career in Dana White’s promotion, UFC. While speaking on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Lashley revealed that UFC President Dana White offered him a very small contract to join the MMA promotion. By then, Lashley was already making his return to professional wrestling, so it never transpired. Here is what Lashley said:
“I’m not a hundred percent sure, but I know that Dan [Lambert] had talked with Dana at one time and Dana he was fair with it, he said, ‘You know we can’t offer him a huge contract, but we will give him something that he can get his foot in the door and kind of prove himself.’ That’s all I knew and then when I talked with Dan about it — Dan’s a huge pro wrestling fan — Dan was like, ‘They want you to sign everything. There’s no more pro wrestling. Are you ready to shut the doors on pro wrestling?’ I was like, ‘Golly.’ You can’t offer me a contract and say, ‘Yeah we bring him in, but he needs to shut all of that down and get small money.’ Because wrestling is something that I knew that I could make some good money in the long term.
So I couldn’t take a small contract to prove myself where I had pro wrestling where I’d already proven myself and that was always my money bag that I could always go back to. So I really couldn’t do it. Everything was left up in the air for me with Coker and I wish I could have done that with Dana, but I understand that you can’t do that in the UFC. He’s not gonna let anybody have that part-time, do-whatever-you-want kind of contract and that’s what I needed and that’s what he wasn’t willing to give.”
Lashley recently defeated Brock Lesnar to capture the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.