by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
(Photo courtesy of FighterPortraits.com)
Following the success of Brock Lesnar, who rocketed to the
UFC heavyweight championship in record time, fellow former WWE Superstar Bobby
Lashley had the weight of the MMA world on his shoulders.
At least that was the case before Chad Griggs, not so graciously,
removed the burden.
Despite an overall record of 8-1 heading into his fight with
Lashley, Griggs was largely overlooked by the MMA community.
That all changed when he TKO’d the man with the weight of “the next Brock
Lesnar” tag firmly affixed to him.
He took that fight without hesitation.
“It was a great opportunity for me. I had nothing to lose,”
And he is already looking forward without flinching.
“I have a pretty strong feeling we’re gonna
stay at heavyweight because (Strikeforce) needs some heavyweights,” said Griggs,
who had been contemplating a move to 205 pounds prior to the Lashley bout. “They’re
trying to build on their heavyweight division there. I’ve been hearing a lot of
rumors and I hope that it happens, Brett Rogers’ name has been thrown around a
Rogers, much like Griggs, entered the limelight with his win
over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, but has stalled out with
back-to-back losses to Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight champion
The fight would seem a decent bridge for Griggs to try and step
up in the heavyweight ranks, while conversely being a solid retooling fight for
Rogers should he win.
“I know he’s actually fighting outside of Strikeforce in
Canada next,” added Griggs, “but I’m hoping that one goes through. He’s another
huge guy, but it would be the exact opposite of the fight that Bobby was. He’s
a stand-up guy and I think it would be a real exciting fight, so I’m hoping
that gets put together.
“There was talk of December, I guess they’re gonna be doing
a big show. They haven’t given me any solid details or anything. We’re hoping
to hear in the next few weeks or so.”
If it isn’t Rogers, Strikeforce still has a few other
options, depending on how they intend to handle Griggs. Arlovski is on a
three-fight skid, looking to rebuild, or if they want to pit Griggs with
another up-and-comer, Daniel Cormier is another avenue.
“Scott Coker has told me that I’ve earned a shot at another
big name, so I’m hoping that they give me a legitimate chance to fight another
one of their big name fighters,” said Griggs, obviously focused on the Rogers/Arlovski
Regardless, the victory over Lashley opened some doors for
Griggs, who has a golden opportunity to make his way up the Strikeforce ranks.