Batista's MMA debut will be televised ... sort of

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Two years ago, Batista quit WWE.

Ever since then, Dave Bautista has been hinting at a mixed martial arts (MMA) career and even negotiated with a pre-Zuffa Strikeforce but an agreement wasn't reached.

Being a 43-year-old newcomer, regardless of any WWE fanbase, is somewhat of a dealbreaker, I would assume.

Still, "The Demon" kept training with Cesar Gracie and even opened up his own Gracie-affiliated gym in Florida.

And finally, news broke last month of his debut fight against Rashid Evans. That's RASHID who has an overall record of 1-2, not RASHAD who is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion.

That bout will take place Oct. 6 in Providence, RI and according to The Wrestling Observer, its found a television home.

Sort of.

The fight will be televised on DirecTV on The CES Network (Classic Entertainment and Sports Promotions). The fight has only been cleared for the CES Channel. That means about only 17% of homes in the country will have access to watch the fight.

The CES Network will also produce a four-part series on the former WWE champion, sort of a UFC: Primetime style program, to build up hype.

But how much hype can one build for an event not even a quarter of the country can watch?

Any Cagesiders have this channel? Any even interested in watching this?

I must say, morbid curiosity might get the better of me come Oct. 6.

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