Originally posted on MMATorch.com on 10-25-2016
If Bobby Lashley were to sign with UFC, play match-maker and name your top two choices that you think would make the most sense for him to face first. He doesn’t make our Heavyweight Rankings. How close is he to making your top ten or top 15 list, and where is he coming up short?
MICHAEL GROCKE, MMATorch contributor
The two names that come to mind are Travis Browne and Brock Lesnar. Travis Browne makes sense because he’s a fighter who’s currently ranked no. 9 by the UFC and no. 12 here at MMATorch, and he’s also a fighter who seems be trending downward. The problem is I don’t think Bobby Lashley would fare too well against anyone ranked in the top 10 in the UFC as the skill level is leaps and bounds superior to that of Bellator’s heavyweight division. I think the UFC would have a hard time selling a fight between Lashley and a fighter ranked in the 12-15 range due to the fact Bobby Lashley doesn’t have the name value of C.M. Punk or Brock Lesnar.
Speaking of Brock Lesnar, the lifelong wrestling fan in me would love to see a showdown between the two part-time professional wrestlers. While it might not be a fight die-hard MMA fans would be interested in, I think it would definitely draw in the casual fan.
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