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Bobby Lashley Wins Third MMA Fight in 24 Seconds

A word of advice to Bobby Lashley's future MMA opponents: Better lay off the pro wrestling jokes.

The former World Wrestling Entertainment star improved to 3-0 in his MMA career on Friday night when he submitted Mike Cook via guillotine choke in just 24 seconds at Maximum Fighting Championship 21 in Alberta. It was by far Lashley's most impressive performance as an MMA fighter since turning pro late last year.

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Lashley landed a right hand in the opening seconds of the fight, and right away grabbed Cook's neck, easily securing the guillotine. After a very brief struggle, it appeared as though Cook's body went limp 18 seconds into the bout, but he did fight the submission hold one last time. Seconds later referee "Big" John McCarthy stopped the fight. Cook never even tapped.

Cook's decision to wear a Rey Mysterio wrestling mask at yesterday's weigh-ins, as well as during his walk to the ring before the fight, while also mimicking Hulk Hogan, appeared to have really upset the American Top Team member.

"I'm here for business," a visibly fired up Lashley said after the fight. "Everybody comes out there with this wrestling thing, and tries to make fun of this wrestling thing; I'm real. You know, I'm coming here to fight. If they don't want to fight me, they can play around. If they play around, I'm going to knock them out, or choke them out, and that's what I did today: Choked him out; made him pay. Now he can go put back on the mask and have fun with himself."

This marks the second straight time a fighter has tried to get under Lashley's skin by bringing up his pro wrestling past. Jason Guida tried the same tactic prior to their March bout, and while it took Lashley three full rounds to defeat the veteran Guida, he was able to quickly channel his frustration into a dominant performance this time around.

Next up for Lashley is a June 27 fight against Bob Sapp (10-3-1) at the "Ultimate Chaos" pay-per-view in Biloxi, Miss.

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