After a tumultuous past week and a half or so, Dave Buatista will finally make his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut TONIGHT (Sat., Oct. 6, 2012) at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
His opponent was originally Rashid Evans but he's in the slammer, so Batista, as he was known during his time in WWE, will now take on Vince Lucero.
It's actually a pretty big step up in competition.
Lucero is a veteran of the sport with a ton of experience, having competed professionally in 42 fights, even if his win-loss record is noting to write home about.
It should be a wild fight, and the action is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET on DirecTV pay-per-view. There's also a live stream at BaustistaMMA.com.
We will, of course, have a live blog right here with full results.
See you later tonight.
UPDATE: It looks like we will be starting at 9 p.m. ET now? Be sure to visit then for some quality fight coverage!
Marc Stevens vs. Luis Felix (155 lbs.)
Round 1: Did not manage to catch this first round, but saw a lot of cage clinching. No score given for this round.
Round 2: This round featured a lot of non-action. Felix walked Stevens down, who had no intention to engage. Felix landed a head kick in the middle of the round that rocked Stevens. Stevens took a single leg, but Felix locked in a guillotine to counter. He remained sprawled out on Stevens and had an accidental illegal knee. The rounded ended with Felix landing a few windmill punches. 10-9 Felix.
Round 3: No action on the feet this round to start. Stevens went in for a takedown, but Felix was able to counter to put himself on the back of Stevens. He rode Stevens down to the ground and managed to sit in his half guard for quite a while before advancing to side control. Dan Miragliotta promptly stood both men up. Some windmill punches and Felix falls to his back after his leg is swept. Stevens fires hard shots that don't land and Felix regains top position. He unleashes a barrage to end the round. 10-9 Felix.
Cageside Card: Felix by decision (20-18).
Official Card: Felix by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three cards).
Saul Almeida vs. Calvin Kattar (145 lbs.)
Round 1: Fight started on the feet with both men throwing some feeler strikes. No one really got the better of one another. Almeida shoots a single, but Kattar with a judo throw and they go into guard. Kattar can't fight out of the open guard and it remains a position battle. Fight gets back to the feet as the round ends. 10-9 Kattar.
Round 2: Both men still throwing non-committed strikes, with Almeida likely getting more in on the feet. Kicks seem to be Almeida's weapon of choice. Almedia with a single leg and pressing Kattar against the fence. Almeida ends up taking the back, then more fence pressing. Back on the feet and Almeida landing more with some starch on his overhand punches. Kattar with a takedown, but nothing happens with the top position. 10-9 Almeida.
Round 3: Kattar on his back and trying for a guillotine. He transitions into an armbar position, but he doesn't have it. Yet, he holds on to it for the better part of three or four minutes. Almeida out, but it amounts to a lot of bad positions that present no offense. Almeida with baby punches to the ribs and the round ends in Kattar's guard. 10-9 Kattar.
Cageside Card: Kattar by decision (29-28).
Official Card: Kattar by unanimous decision (30-27 on two cards, 29-28 on one card).
Mike Campbell vs. Gemiyale Adkins (155 lbs.)
Round 1: Most of the round spent standing here. Campbell managed to stay on his bike and land strikes in brief flurries, focusing on the leg kicks. Some time was spent reversing on the cage in attempts to make it a dogfight, but nothing doing. Campbell again on his bike and still pattering his way on Adkins. 10-9 Campbell.
Round 2: More of the same here. Adkins winging and goading for a fight, but Campbell keeps on pedaling on that bike of his and flashes his jab. Leg kicks, jabs, nothing really with enough starch on it. Campbell employing the stick and move to take another round. 10-9 Campbell.
Round 3: Lots of sloppy grappling here. Campbell with a left rear head kick. Campbell is able to take the back and it leads to some spastic grappling and cage clinching. Adkins gets a takedown of his own, but Campbell negates that with a butterfly sweep. Back on the cage and Campbell is able to get the back. He is working for a rear naked choke and works for it until the bell rings. 10-9 Campbell.
Cageside Card: Campbell by decision (30-27).
Official Card: Campbell by unanimous decision (30-27 on all three cards).
John Howard vs. Brett Chism (185 lbs.)
Round 1: Howard landing on the feet. Lead hooks and leg kicks are his go-to here. Chism catches a kick that sends Howard down. Chism jumps for a guillotine, but Howard scoots out and into the guard of Chism. Not much going on there. Stood up after no movement. Back to the feet and Howard busting Chism up. Left and a right crack Chism and the two go windmilling. Howard is tripped up and tries a guillotine, but Chism ends up in his guard. Chism stands up. Back to an exchange and some cage clinching. Howard cracks Chism with a left and the ref wants to check a cut. Back to the action and Howard finding a home for that lead left. Clinching again, and another exchange. Howard pressing up against the cage to end the round. 10-9 Howard.
Round 2: Howard still controlling the standup. Howard goes for a double leg and gets it. Chism controlling him, but Howard postures up for the stacked position. Lands some ground and pound, but back to the guard play. Chism looking tired here. Howard posturing up and getting some hammerfists in. Chism clams up and he is done. Howard wins by TKO (punches).
Cageside Card: Howard wins by TKO (punches).
Official Card: Howard wins by TKO (punches).
David Loiseau vs. Chris McNally (195 lbs.)
Round 1: Feeling each other out on the feet. McNally clinches onto the cage and pressing Loiseau. Loiseau reverses and wants a single, but McNally not allowing it and trying a guillotine. McNally is able to put it down and get the back. Working for a choke and some punches, but Loiseau reverses into the guard of McNally. Elbow cracks McNally with an elbow and he is wearing the Flair crimson mask. That's a huge cut. Ref stops it, as it looks like McNally is getting brain surgery. Loiseau wins by TKO (cut).
Cageside Card: Loiseau by TKO (cut).
Official Card: Loiseau by TKO (cut).
Todd Chattelle vs. Chandler Holderness (187 lbs.)
Round 1: Chandler Holderness comes out with a flying knee. Chattelle is rocked immediately. He gets a takedown, but Holderness ends up reversing Chattelle. He is raining down elbows and punches and the ref has had enough. Holderness wins by TKO (strikes).
Cageside Card: Holderness wins by TKO (strikes).
Official Card: Holderness wins by TKO (strikes).
Dave Bautista vs. Vince Lucero (265 lbs.)
Round 1: Lucero with a bunch of right hands and Batista clinches up with him on the cage. Batista holding onto Lucero here. Batista looks to be in survival mode. Back to the feet and Lucero landing big time. Batista timidly throwing teeps, but Lucero rushes in and Batista clinches up in the flurry. Lucero pressing Batista into the fence. Batista reverses and pressing Lucero now. Elbow by Batista, but Lucero with a right. Lucero pressing Batista into the cage now. Ref breaks it up. Batista backing up. He shoots for a single leg and gets it! Batista looking for a crucifix position. Batista moves into mount and Lucero gives him his back. Right hands from Batista. Lucero on his side and Batista landing a few. Batista looking for a rear naked choke. Nothing doing and Batista starts with ground and pound. Referee stops the fight. Dave Bautista wins by TKO (strikes).
Cageside Card: Dave Bautista wins by TKO (strikes).
Official Card: Dave Bautista wins by TKO (strikes).