Newly signed TNA star Bobby Lashley was recently offered a fight with Fedor Emelianenko, who many consider to be the #1 Heavyweight in the world, at next week’s Affliction “Trilogy” MMA event on August 1 in Anaheim, CA. Fedor’s former opponent Josh Barnett tested positive following a drug test he took three weeks and was told he would not be licensed by the California State Athletic Commission reports Sherdog.com. Barnett added, “No matter what happens with this, I can assure you I will clear my name. This will not be something that I am defined by.”
When contacted, Lashley had no idea he was actually being considered for the fight and added, “I don’t know if I would want it right now. Since the last fight, I haven’t really been into training again. That fight is next week. That would be something I would really have to take a look at. To just jump in there probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing for me right now. A lot of people would say that might be a money fight. They figure, ‘If we give him enough money, will he do it?’ That’s what people tend to look at. I don’t want to get into fighting for the money so much right now.”
Shawn Tompkins, a trainer for Vitor Belfort, stated on Fight Network radio today that Belfort has agreed to face Fedor next week. However, Affliction’s Tom Atencio announced a press conference today that a new opponent for Fedor has not been finalized and that the promotion is speaking with three possible opponents reports The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online. These opponents in question are believed to be Vitor Belfort, Brett Rogers and possibly Bobby Lashley.