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Bobby Lashley would rather fight Emelianenko than for Bellator title

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The MMA world as of late seems to be split between two camps of fighters: those who fight primarily for titles and becoming the best, and those who fight to make the most money.

Bobby Lashley places himself in the latter category.

Lashley is one of the few crossover stars to have a sizable presence in both his professional fields. Having competed for Bellator since 2014, Lashley also spends much of the year as a pro wrestler on the TNA roster.

He is undefeated in his Bellator run so far with four consecutive victories, all by finishes. Lashley will be looking for his fifth straight win at Bellator 162 when he takes on Josh Appelt in the co-main event.

Lashley knows he is the name in this matchup, and expects his opponent to come out hard in order to get that rub of adding Lashley’s name to his resume.

“I think it’ll be the typical thing,” Lashley said, via MMA Fighting. “He’ll come out and swing hard and swing fast. This is his Rocky story. He may not get another shot.”

For Lashley though, he’s not necessarily looking to become Bellator’s heavyweight champion; at least, unless it makes him the most money. Because to Lashley, he’s in the game for the money and if given the chance between a matchup with a heavyweight legend and a title fight, he knows which he would prefer.

“At the end of the day it’s about the money,” Lashley said. “If I was offered a shot at fighting for the title, going for the title, or fighting Fedor [Emelianenko], I’d go Fedor all the way. As far as a shot against [Cheick] Kongo, the money is important. If winning the title means making more money, then that’s what I’m going for.

“But I’d like to fight someone to prove something to the naysayers. I’d much rather fight somebody who is a bigger name, like Fedor, then fight for the championship. He’s Fedor. He’s an enormous name and I always looked up to him before. He’s an amazing fighter and I’d love to step in the ring with him. It would be unbelievable.”

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