In July it was announced that Bobby Lashley would make his Bellator debut against (what I assume to be) Team Hammer House’s only active fighter, Josh Burns. The prefight bumper was filled with Burns saying that he’s been ‘fighting since he was six (years old)’; which I can believe because he turtle-up the same way my six-year-old nephew does when I turn up the heat; except my nephew doesn’t look like a fat Jeff Monson. The bumper turned to Lashley and his well-documented pro-wrestling background.
The first round opened up normal enough with the two heavyweights finding their range until Lashley scored a take down and worked toward side control for the majority of the round—apparently looking for the ‘1-2-3’ that he’s so used to, which, is understandable considering the official name of the event is “Bellator 123.” Lashley worked for Americanas and a Kimura attempt, but was unable to seal the deal until round two.
When the second round opened, the two fighters couldn’t hide the fact that their gas tank lights were flashing on the dashboards that were their faces. They traded some high-five-slapping until the 3x NAIAA college wrestling champion and Missouri Valley College standout, Bobby Lashley, got another takedown with an ankle pick and worked back to side control. The ground game continued until Lashley ran out of ideas and just started punching Burns in the head, a lot. When instructed to defend himself, Burns tried to escape, but Lashley did his best impression of Cheick Kongo’s earlier performance, and sunk in the Rear Naked Choke for the win.