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Ten tough MMA debuts

WWE wrestler turned MMA fighter Bobby Lashley found success in his first fight inside the cage, but not every mixed martial artist gets as warm a welcome. Sherdog looks at the debuts of 10 fighters that didn't go over as smoothly.

Originally Published: December 16, 2008
By Jake Rossen | Sherdog.com

Former NAIA collegiate wrestler Bobby Lashley made his MMA debut the right way this weekend: in near obscurity.

Lashley, a broad-shouldered refugee of the highly intellectual pursuit of professional wrestling, defeated unknown, unheralded Josh Franklin in an untelevised event Saturday in Miami. Despite notoriety from his WWE tumbling days, Lashley did the smart thing and stuck only the proverbial toe in the shark-infested waters of prizefighting -- both he and his opponent sported 0-0 ...

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