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Lashley maybe Strikeforce’s Golden Child but Very Beatable! – Griggs

Written on July 21, 2010 by John Paul Vill

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Everybody's counting on me losing," Griggs (8-1) told MMA Fighting. "That's great. I'm the underdog. They've blown Bobby Lashley up into this huge, unbeatable superstar. He's very big, very strong, he's going to be explosive. But I think he's been blown up into a little more than he is just yet."

You don’t have to spell it out loud for Chad Griggs. He knows well the fans and Strikeforce officials. He perpetually knows why he was offered the with Bobby Lashley at 21 Strikeforce event in Houston.

“Everybody’s counting on me losing,” Griggs (8-1) told . “That’s great. I’m the underdog. They’ve blown Bobby Lashley up into this huge, unbeatable superstar. He’s very big, very strong, he’s going to be explosive. But I think he’s been blown up into a little more than he is just yet.”

Griggs whose last bout was April 2009, was planning a move down to light heavyweight. He hopes for a fight on August 13 Strikeforce : Challengers after taking a year and a half break from the arena after an active competition.

While cornering his training and friend Mike Whitehead at a Michigan event earlier this July, he was informed that his services were requested but as a heavyweight and against a bigger heavyweight more or less.

“At first it made me laugh because I was planning on going down to 205. That’s been my plan for a while, but obviously this is a big fight and I couldn’t turn it down. It just made me laugh because here I was trying to go down in weight, and this guy’s a monster who has to cut to 265. But that’s okay. I’ve fought big guys before. He’s a big name, and very beatable.”

Upon assessment on the former pro-wrestlers’ strength and weakness, Griggs pointed out a few memorable points like Lashley’s size and experience. With the main goal of thrashing out the latter and taking him down in a few good rounds.

“With Bobby, you’re not going to get an arm bar,” Griggs said. “I think you’re going to have to hit him in the head a few times, get him down, get him tired, and maybe get a choke on the big old broad neck of his.”

Of course, Griggs doesn’t think that his employers would be quite as thrilled about that outcome as he would be.

“I think it’s obvious. It’s very important for [Strikeforce] for Bobby Lashley to win, not me. I mean, let’s talk reality. He’s one of their golden children that they’re counting on,” he said. “Obviously Strikeforce doesn’t want me to win, but hey, they gave me the chance and now they’ve got to pay the consequences. I don’t care how big and strong you are, everybody’s got a chin. Everybody can get rocked. But yeah, I think Strikeforce has a lot of money invested in the guy. He’s got everything to lose. I’ve got everything to gain.”

For a benevolent fighter, native of Tucson, Ariz, the fight with Lashley is not just a chance to go on a main card for a major event, its a once in a lifetime chance to put himself on pedestal and take a big step forward. Whether his employers or the MMA insiders like the odds or not, it comforts him to know that it won’t matter when the cage slams shut from their faces.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity, and thankful to Strikeforce for it. I know they’re getting a lot of pressure from people for Bobby to fight someone tough, but they don’t have any control once we’re in there. They can want all they want, but the outcome is going to be what it’s going to be. And afterwards I can laugh, because I’m sure I’m getting paid about 5% of what he is. …That’s all right. I have a pretty good attitude. All you can do is laugh a little and go ahead.”

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