Dehydrated Lashley Leaves Arena in Ambulance, Released from Hospital

By Brian Knapp Aug 23, 2010
Former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Bobby Lashley left the Toyota Center in Houston in an ambulance following his second-round technical knockout loss to Chad Griggs on Saturday at Strikeforce “Houston.”

Battling severe dehydration, the muscular Lashley was coherent but despondent as he departed, his hands resting behind his head. The 34-year-old heavyweight required four IVs at a local hospital before being released the same night, according to his manager, Dan Lambert.

Lashley dominated much of the action against Griggs, an unheralded Arizona-based fighter who had not competed in more than a year. However, he sustained a cut under his left eye when Griggs popped him with a well-timed uppercut on an attempted takedown and faded as the fight deepened. Lashley mounted his foe in the second round but failed to put him away with punches, and after the referee halted the action to have the cut examined, the two fighters were restarted on their feet.

With Lashley visibly winded, Griggs stuffed his next attempted takedown and attacked with stout hammerfists as his opponent clung to his ankle. Lashley, a heavy favorite entering the bout, remained on the mat between rounds, and the fight was stopped.

Internet rumors surfaced on Saturday night that there were issues with tests on Lashley’s blood in the hospital after the fight. Lambert said that Lashley did not mention anything regarding a blood test on Sunday when the two spoke.
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