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.
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.