March 22, 2009
Lashley wins second MMA fight
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
Former ECW Champion Bobby Lashley remained undefeated in his young mixed martial arts career with a unanimous decision win over veteran Jason Guida on Saturday in Pensacola, Fla., as part of a hybrid MMA/boxing card promoted by boxing legend Roy Jones Jr.
Lashley, fighting out of Parker, Colo., and training with the renowned American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., was originally scheduled to face Ken Shamrock but Shamrock was pulled off the card after he tested positive for steroids following a February bout in California.
The first round was slow. Neither man opened up on the feet and Lashley struggled to find a takedown for much of the round.
Lashley (2-0) got him to the ground early in the second round by faking a punch and shooting in for a big slam. From there, though, Lashley had very few spurts of offense. Guida had even fewer and Lashley controlled his opponent.
Lashley found himself in a bit of trouble midway through the third round as Guida (17-20) caught him in a deep guillotine choke. Lashley, though, was able to hold out and escape the hold.
"I think a hold like that gets so tight that you have to make the decision if you're a champion or another MMA fighter," Lashley said in his post-fight interview.
As the fight came to an end, the crowd booed the slow-paced fight right as Lashley opened up with some ground-and-pound.
From there, the scoring was academic as Lashley took all three rounds on all three scorecards.
"We're gonna go back, gonna go train, pick up some parts, look at some tape and find out how we can finish," Lashley said.