36 Facts About Bobby Lashley

1. Franklin Roberto Bobby Lashley was born on July 16, 1976 and is an American professional wrestler and mixed martial artist.

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2. Bobby Lashley is currently signed with WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Bobby Lashley and is the current WWE United States Champion in his third reign.

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3. Bobby Lashley is known for his mixed martial arts career in Bellator MMA and Strikeforce.

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4. Bobby Lashley debuted in WWE in 2005, appearing on the SmackDown brand where he became a one-time United States Champion.

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5. Bobby Lashley was a one-time X Division Champion and the final King of the Mountain Champion.

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6. Bobby Lashley is the only wrestler to have multiple reigns with the aforementioned championships.

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7. Bobby Lashley grew up in a single parent household with a mother who barely spoke English and struggled to secure a good job.

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8. Bobby Lashley attended Missouri Valley College, where he was the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Wrestling Champion in the 177 lbs category in 1996, 1997, and 1998, and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in human-service agency management and recreation administration.

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9. In 2003, while living and training in Colorado Springs with the goal of qualifying for Team USA to wrestle at the 2004 Olympic Games, Bobby Lashley witnessed a bank robbery and was forced to dive for cover to avoid gunfire; this resulted in a knee injury that required surgery, ending his amateur career.

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10. On November 14, 2006, Bobby Lashley moved to the ECW brand.

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11. In early 2007, Bobby Lashley was selected by Donald Trump to represent him in a "Battle of the Billionaires" match, against Vince McMahon's representative, Umaga, which featured Vince's long time adversary Stone Cold Steve Austin as the guest referee.

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12. In July 2008, Bobby Lashley wrestled in Puerto Rico at the World Wrestling Council's 35th anniversary show, defeating Rhino.

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13. Bobby Lashley went on to attack random wrestlers until he was granted what he wanted.

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14. Bobby Lashley won the first round match against Keith Hanson, but was defeated in semifinals by Josh Barnett.

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15. On June 26, 2013, Bobby Lashley signed a two-year contract with IGF, after winning the promotion's general election.

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16. On October 20, 2012, Bobby Lashley wrestled Jay Bradley and Robert Anthony in a three-way match for the vacant Resistance Pro Wrestling Heavyweight Championship, which was won by Anthony.

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17. On December 27, 2014, Bobby Lashley defeated Mexx and Tiny Iron to win the IWS Heavyweight Championship.

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18. Bobby Lashley regained the championship on January 7, 2015, after interference from MVP, King, Samoa Joe and Low Ki, as well as Eric Young turning on Roode.

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19. At Royal Rumble on January 31, 2021, Bobby Lashley entered the Royal Rumble match but was eliminated by multiple wrestlers.

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20. Bobby Lashley made his mixed martial arts debut at the Mixed Fighting Alliance inaugural event "There Will Be Blood" on December 13, 2008, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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21. Bobby Lashley won via TKO over Joshua Franklin in 41 seconds of the first round.

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22. Bobby Lashley was supposed to fight Ken Shamrock, but his opponent was changed to Bellator MMA veteran Jason Guida after Shamrock tested positive for steroids.

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23. On June 27, 2009, Bobby Lashley defeated Bob Sapp at the PFP: Ultimate Chaos event in Biloxi, Mississippi.

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24. Bobby Lashley was scheduled to make his Strikeforce debut against undefeated heavyweight Shane Del Rosario at Strikeforce: Miami, but for unknown reasons, Strikeforce decided to change his opponent.

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25. Bobby Lashley was then expected to face journeyman Jimmy Ambriz on January 30, 2010, at Strikeforce: Miami, but that matchup was scrapped.

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26. Bobby Lashley defeated Sims via 1st-round TKO victory to remain undefeated.

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27. Bobby Lashley was expected to fight on April 17, 2010, at Strikeforce: Nashville, as the promotion had already submitted an opponent for Bobby Lashley and was awaiting approval from the Tennessee Athletic Commission.

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28. Bobby Lashley faced Chad Griggs at Strikeforce: Houston on August 21, 2010.

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29. Bobby Lashley came out shooting the takedown, and ground and pounding.

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30. The ring doctor then stopped the fight, resulting in Bobby Lashley losing at the end of the second round by TKO.

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31. Backstage after the fight, Bobby Lashley was taken off on a stretcher due to dehydration.

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32. The pace of the fight slowed down drastically in the second round, where Bobby Lashley began to display the same cardio problems that affected him in his previous fight.

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33. Bobby Lashley fought at Xtreme Fight Night 15: Indestructible on November 8, 2013, against Tony "The Rock" Melton, which he won via unanimous decision.

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34. In March 2015, Bobby Lashley signed a long-term contract extension with the promotion.

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35. Bobby Lashley is featured in the video games WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2007 and WWE SmackDown vs Raw 2008.

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36. Bobby Lashley appears in WWE 2K20, WWE 2K Battlegrounds, and WWE 2K22.

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