So many things happen in the sports world on a regular basis, so it becomes easy to overlook a bunch of the people chomping at the bit to get to the top of their sports. Though the majority of these scenarios comes from the focus on more prominent figures and athletes, others get overlooked because of their involvement in other things, all of which become more associated with an athlete than the sport in which they participate.

Bobby Lashley falls into the latter category. While his 11-2 pro record is certainly nothing to scoff at, the majority of fans would likely remember Lashley more for his current TNA world heavyweight title run. Still, Lashley looked absolutely impressive in making short work of Josh Burns, who was no stranger to the Bellator cage, and will prepare to face another difficult task in the form of undefeated Karl Etherington at Bellator 130.

Is he a contender with a win over Etherington? Absolutely not. Although Lashley stands to look great against the untested 39-year old, his best hope is that he delivers a performance that will earn him much better competition simply because Lashley, himself, is new to Bellator. Anyone from Javy Ayala to Cheick Kongo, all the way down to former champion Alexander Volkov would make for better tests than Burns, who has not won inside of Bellator MMA, and Etherington, who only holds one win under the Bellator banner.

Still, Lashley’s game, from his powerful wrestling and his heavy hands to his submission game, can help him to blast Etherington and put him away with ease, especially if the undefeated newcomer’s cardio doesn’t hold up past the first round. If he impressively finishes Etherington come Bellator 130, then he puts himself one step closer to facing bigger and better challenges on his way to the top to the heavyweight ranks, no questions asked.

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.