It's almost hard to believe but it's been over two years since Dave Batista left World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) because he didn't like the direction the company was going in regards to its on-screen product.
Attitude Era = good. PG Era = bad.
Not unlike Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley, Batista quickly started training to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with the hopes of finding a big money contract with a relatively big promotion. He was in talks with Strikeforce for a while and apparently a deal was imminent but when Zuffa swooped in and bought the company, all talks immediately ceased and he was left out in the cold.
Still, he continued to train and has been alternating between acting and trying to break into MMA. Now, according to TMZ and confirmed by Batista himself on Twitter, his first fight is officially lined up.
But now it's on for real -- the 43-year-old powerhouse signed with the CES MMA league -- and is all set up to fight on October 6 at the Duncan Doughnuts Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.
We're told Batista -- 6'6" and 290 lbs -- will square up against some dude named Rashid Evans.
Not long after, Batista posted the following on Twitter:
"I'm making my MMA debut oct 6th live on PPV check it! BOOOOM there's the announcement. Sorry haters!"
At his age and with is lack of experience, I can't imagine he'll even be competitive against anyone who isn't a glorified can with little to no actual skill. That said, I have no idea who Rashid Evans is and whether or not he will pose a challenge or just be a warm body to get Batista comfortable in his new digs. According to Sherdog, he's 6'2'', 225-pounds and has never fought professionally. As an amateur, he amassed a 1-2 record with one 10 second knockout win and two decision losses.
Well, there you have it, Cagesiders. Anyone plan on checking out Batista's MMA debut?