For Lashley, it's the latest example of a career that has seen a lot of hype but precious little accomplishment, and the latest reminder that when Brock Lesnar went from amateur wrestler in college to pro wrestler in his 20s to MMA champion in his 30s, he was doing something extraordinary, not blazing a trail that many others would follow.
Comparisons between Lashley and Lesnar have always been silly -- Lashley was never as good an amateur wrestler as Lesnar, was never as big or as strong or as athletic as Lesnar, and got into MMA at an older age than Lesnar -- but when Lashley first announced in 2008 that he was going to give MMA a try, those comparisonswere common.
No one makes those comparisons anymore. Now everyone who follows MMA realizes that Lashley is just a 33-year-old novice who doesn't want to fight anyone too challenging. And even as he was willing to fight someone, in Sparks, who might have been slightly more challenging than his first five opponents, Lashley now isn't healthy enough to fight.
There's no word on the severity of Lashley's knee injury, or when he might return. But suffice to say, he's likely to take his time, pick an opponent he can beat easily, and leave fans wanting more.