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Bobby Lashley vs. Chad Griggs booked for “Strikeforce: Houston”

Former WWE wrestler Bobby Lashley (5-0) will be making his return to MMA for the sixth time as a professional following a 7-month layoff due to injuries when he faces off with Tucson, Arizona-based knockout artist Chad Griggs (8-1, 7 KOs) in August.

The heavyweight attraction will take place on August 21 during “Strikeforce: Houston” according to a recent report on

Lashley last saw action when he handed TUF 10 cast member Wes Sims a one-sided first round TKO beating in late-January of this year, while Griggs most recently returned from a lengthy layoff in April of 2009 to knock the stuffing out of Jon Alexander with elbows en route to the first round knockout victory.

Slated to headline the card is a light heavyweight title fight first reported by pitting champion Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal against Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, along with a bout between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Tim Kennedy for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight crown, and K.J. Noons vs. Jorge Gurgel in a lightweight tussle.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Chad Griggs… Ko Artist?? looks like he fought guys who had zero to minimal experiance or guys that were so below .500 that it’s not even funny….

    I hope for the best for Lashely but he isn’t really progressing at all… and it seems like he constantly says he wants to fight guys like fedor or brock but I’m starting to think that’s his entertainment persona just chatting himself up… I guess SF or his handlers don’t want him to get any losses before facing off with Batista down the road. than again who the fuck knows what goes on over there…….?

  • manny says:

    Lashley via GNP 1st or 2nd rd

  • Dufresne says:

    Lashley has the wrestling background plus his military training to be a danger in the MMA world, the only problem is that he’s just past 30 and already suffering from recurrent knee injuries. He messed his knee up before his stint with WWE, and it was a decent amount of time between the original injury and the latest flair up, but knee injuries are not good for MMA careers.

    I would like to see Lashley fight the guys he’s called out, just so I could get a chance to see how far he’s come against some of the best in the world today. I’m inclined to believe that he could get Fedor on his back, but after watching his GnP I think Fedor would catch him in a sub, probably an armbar/tirangle or a kimura considering how he either leaves his arm on his opponent’s chest or plants it on the mat. Against Lesnar it might be closer, but I still don’t think he has enough. His wrestling pedigree is very elite, so he might be able to stop Brock’s shot and maybe even get one of his own, but his GnP looks sloppy, inaccurate and not very powerful. Plus, he looked pretty gassed after his fight with Sims, and it’s not like he did much work in that fight. So cardio-wise I give the edge to Lesnar as well.

    Griggs may be a KO artist, but I did some digging into his record only to find good and bad. Mostly bad.

    He has fought, by my count 4 fighters that had any legitimate competition before they fought him (Moore, Mendoza, Marsh, and Sayegh) with only Moore having actually beat anyone of note.

    His one loss was to Ott, who was 1-0 going into the fight and is now a whopping 3-3.

    The other 4 wins came off of 3 separate fighters who had records of 0-3 (had a rematch after he got up to 1-5), 1-0, and 0-0.

    Before fighting Griggs his opponents had a combined record of 45-33 (thanks mostly to Moore’s 25-5 record) with 42.4% coming due to strikes (TKO/KO/Submission to Strikes)

    Since fighting Griggs his opponents have combined record of 51-52 with 38.5% coming due to strikes.

  • Guthookd says:

    Give him Arlovski damn it.

  • boomnutz says:

    dude i’m beginning to think he’s a big pussy! come on, this guy couldn’t even fight on UFC SPike prelim, WTF. I wish strikeforce would let Carwin come in and knock his head off real quick, oh and if he really ends up fighting Batista, i will have officially given up on him, if he wanted to be serious there a plenty of bouts he could take SF seems open to sharing their fighters, he could fight someone in Bellator or maybe Dream (though admittedly i don’t have a freakin clue what they have to offer) but instead he comes up with these lame ass fights, its like the guy that fought Herschel, he gets to fight on primetime and collect a check just so we get to see a well known name get a W…SF is becoming second rate quick

  • bigbadjohn says:

    How can this son of a bitch call out Fedor and continue to fight nobody’s????

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I’m with John.

    What does he think Fedor would do to him? Clown. This guy will never amount to anything in MMA.

    All he wants to do is fight cans. He thinks cause WWE gave him jobbers who were more skilled than him but, made him look good that is how MMA must work. Never heard of Chad Griggs and I’m sure he will train hard for this fight and I sincerely hope he will knock Lashley the fuck out but, it wont happen cause SF wont let it.

    If he wants to fight top guys put him against Overeem. He didn’t break a sweat against Brett Rogers why would this be any different than a light sparring match?

  • elkymbo says:

    Yeah. Gotta admit I really don’t give a shit about this one.

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