Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley are currently the two biggest crossover stars in the realm of professional wrestling and MMA, and Lashley is of the belief that a clash with The Beast Incarnate in the cage could be big business for both men.
In an interview with TMZ Sports published Tuesday, Lashley commented extensively on a potential fight with Lesnar and the type of interest it could generate:
In addition to how lucrative the fight could be, Lashley sees it being a highly entertaining one should it ever come to fruition:
I think it would actually turn into almost a slugfest because I know that Brock isn’t going to get taken down by easy takedowns. … If neither one of us are taken down, then we need to rely on the striking. So, I think it might be a slugfest, which would be really interesting. I think it’d be a fun fight to have.
Lashley also expressed confidence that his hand would be raised at the conclusion of a fight with the Beast.
The 40-year-old Lashley is 15-2 in his MMA career, and he has won eight consecutive fights, including a victory over Josh Appelt at Bellator 162 on Oct. 21.
The Destroyer is quickly rising up the ranks in the Bellator heavyweight division, and the former TNA world heavyweight champion could be in line for a title shot soon.
Lesnar’s MMA situation is a bit more unclear. He returned to the sport at UFC 200 after nearly five years away and beat Mark Hunt by unanimous decision in a dominant showing.
The 39-year-old is under temporary suspension for failing two drug tests prior to UFC 200, and a hearing to determine his official status is pending.
Lesnar has a career record of just 6-3, but he is a former UFC world heavyweight champion, and a battle with diverticulitis impacted his first tenure with the UFC.
He is currently healthy and under contract with WWE, while Lashley is under contract with both TNA and Bellator.
A potential wrestling match between them could be huge if WWE were to pursue Lashley at the conclusion of his TNA deal, but an MMA fight could be even bigger due to the reality aspect.
Both Lesnar and Lashley are physical specimens who excelled as amateur wrestlers and have gone on to become superstar athletes across multiple sports.
Plenty would have to be worked out from Lesnar’s suspension to which company would promote the fight in order for it to happen, but Lesnar versus Lashley is a clash that would almost certainly mean huge business for the MMA world.