"I think that would be great because what I'm trying to do right now is prove myself and on 'The Ultimate Fighter' you have to prove yourself," Lashley said on "MMA Live" on ESPN. "I talked it over with my management and trainers and everything and they had mixed opinions on it. If I should go there or go out and do different fights. I'm open to anything. I'm open to suggestions. If that's the route they want to send me, then I'm going to go."
Lashley believes he needs to remain on the undercards or on smaller shows before he makes the move to the UFC. UFC lightweight Kenny Florian asked Lashley if he would accept an offer to fight for the UFC.
"No," Lashley responded. "I would love to say yes because everybody wants to be there. The UFC is the pinnacle of the sport so of course I want to be there, but right now, no, I'm not going to. I'm not even going to consider it. And I don't think the UFC is considering me either because there's a building process. When I get to the UFC, I want to be a serious contender for the title."
Lashley, 32, trains with the American Top Team and is 2-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career. He defeated Jason Guida two weeks ago via unanimous decision at Roy Jones Jr.'s "March Badness" hybrid MMA-boxing event in Pensacola, Florida.
"The Ultimate Fighter 10" tryouts will take place next Monday, April 6 at The Marriott Seattle Airport Hotel in Seattle, Washington.