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Jul132012

Batista signs on for first MMA fight

After a few years of delays, former WWE wrestling champ Batista (real name Dave Bautista) is finally ready to make the jump to mixed martial arts.

The 43-year-old Bautista hit Twitter on Friday morning to confirm a TMZ report that he set to make his debut on October 6 on pay-per-view for the CES MMA league at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, RI.

His opponent? Rashid Evans! Wait, don't get too excited, thats Rashid Evans, not UFC light-heavyweight superstar Rashad Evans. Only one letter off though.

Apparently Rashid Evans is some dude nobody has ever heard of, and has never fought professionally.  The 6'2'', 225-pounder compiled a 1-2 record with one 10 second knockout win and two decision losses as an amateur fighter.

Bautista is 6'6'' and weighs 290. He has been training in MMA since leaving Vince McMahon's money-making machine back in 2010. He had been negotiating a deal with Strikeforce back in 2011, but the deal fell through.

While everyone except this guy knows that wrestling is fake, it is hard not to be impressed by Bautista's monster physique, so it will be intersting to see him in a sport where the punches are real. I would not want to be Rashid Evans.

Here's a look back at how Dave Batista got his start in WWE.

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Reader Comments (8)

I guess the UFC doesn't test for roids.

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin

He isn't fighting in the UFC...and the UFC does test for roids.

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Hey Dave you have no idea what's in front of you, this isn't the WWE these guys fight for real and try to knock each orther's brains out. If you think for one minuite these guys are going to lay down and play dead because your big and stupid your head better be a bowling ball because these guys are going to bust it they don't pull punches. This is real fighting and they don't care who they hurt. I would suggest that you contact Brock Lesner and get some pointers. Just because Brock did it and did pretty good that doesn't mean tha your going to be better. There's one thing these guys have and you don't is they know they know how to fight you don't.

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErnie

PPV? Who would pay money to watch you gas out after the first round bro? Been training MMA since 2010? I don't know whats more insulting, the fact that your negotiations with Strikeforce fell apart because you think you're worth Brock Lesnar money, or if its because you think you can actually compete with UFC/Strikeforce fighters. Call Vince, get your job back while you still have a leg to stand on.

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMagnus

i think he will make a great mma fighter DANA WHITE is a genious he is a gold mine

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrichard mays

So he is fighting an unknown amateur that he has 4 inches and 65 lbs. on? This outcome would seem to be as predetermined as any WWE match.

July 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

You guys beat me too the punch so to speak...This fellow is an absolute brute but I and apparently the rest of you see him as a 'roid boy" ...As the devastating big guy from Minnie who was a monster grappler but couldn't cut it as a Defensive lineman in the NFL than won the Championship in the UFC but got exposed Mir or was it Junior..MMA talent has to have a great jaw and speed ,speed ,and more speed...size and muscles don't get it done alone...Dave see you back in the WWE real soon..

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerseysmelltours

BE BETTER THAN BROCK ' ALL HE COULD DO WAS TELL EVERYBODY HOW GOOD HE WAS " THEY SHOWED HIM , BETTER TO BE HUMBLE , PEOPLE WILL WHAT YOU CAN DO. GOOD LUCK

July 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlivestock

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