Lashley chokes out Cook in Round 1

ENOCH, Alberta -- Bobby Lashley continued an impressive start to his MMA career, as he quickly dispatched Mike Cook in only 24 seconds via front choke at MFC 21 "Hard Knocks" inside the River Cree Resort and Casino.

Lashley closed the distance with a right hook that Cook ducked, but then latched on a front headlock and quickly flattened out Cook on his stomach. The 33-year-old wrestler secured the submission in North-South position for the victory.

The former WWE star improves to 3-0, and will face Bob Sapp next on June 27 in Biloxi, Miss., assuming that Sapp emerges from his May 26 fight in Japan injury-free.

Rob King covers MMA for Sherdog.com. Andy Cotterill contributed reporting from Montreal.