Bobby Lashley has hinted that he could take time away from WWE for his next MMA fight, revealing that he's still under contract with the Bellator promotion during an interview with British publication Sky Sports.
Lashley, one of WWE's best stars in terms of physique, returned last year after a 10-year stint away. But he's still contracted to the MMA house and wants to get a few more fights under his belt before calling it quits as he believes he's in the best shape he could possibly be in. Bellator Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader is apparently in his crosshairs as well.
"I think I am still probably going to do a couple more before it's all said and done," Lashley explained. "I am still under contract at Bellator also, and if I go back I will give them a call and possibly go after [Ryan] Bader. I don't want to wait too long, time is ticking.
"I feel great. My body is 100% so I think maybe this summer, maybe after SummerSlam."
Lashley's last MMA fight was at Bellator 162 in 2016 on a night on which he defeated Josh Appelt by submission. His current fight record stands at 15 wins and two losses.
The 42-year-old lost the Intercontinental Title to Finn Balor at WrestleMania earlier this month but he says he might discuss possibly winning the Universal Championship at SummerSlam with WWE chairman Vince McMahon before leaving for Bellator to win their belt as well.
He also talked up the possibility of Conor McGregor possibly joining WWE in the near future, jokingly claiming that the former UFC star is too small to win a major title
"I think he wants to. Conor’s one of those guys that will shoot first and then kind of shake hands later and he did it last year where he kind of called out the wrestlers," he said. "I think he wants to be here and if he wants to be here he might have to find a role. We’re not gonna put a big title on him. He’s way too small, but I think he’ll have a good opportunity to shake things up and run his mouth a little bit and bring some notoriety. I’d like to see him in. It’d be cool."
What This Means
Lashley should have probably achieved more since he returned to WWE but having won the Intercontinental title signals progress. It would be nice to see him claim Raw's top prize too.
If he does decide to leave for a bit to take on the Bellator champion, it would probably be a great move for him.