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No, It’s Not April Fool’s: Former WWE Wrestler To Open MMA Gym With Cesar Gracie

By Jason Moles

Man, they sure are lowering the bar these days. According to TMZ, Dave Bautista (aka former WWE professional wrestler “Batista“) and renowned MMA trainer Cesar Gracie have created a new tag team, and will be opening a Gracie Fighter Jiu Jitsu franchise in Tampa. Though the gym is currently only open to “close martial artist friends,” it will be opened to the public next week; you can see a couple photos of the joint here.

The last we heard about Bautista’s MMA career is that it was dead thanks to the UFC acquiring Strikeforce. I’m not sure if I’m more surprised that Bautista can’t stop pretending he’s a real fighter or that Cesar is whoring out the Gracie family name like that. I hope his cousin Renzo gives him a good talking to about this whole ordeal.

We can only imagine what a normal training day is like at Batista Top Team. Let’s see here, we’ve got jiu jitsu for dummies followed by tire-flipping. After that you have your choice of “Juice” 101, How to Sell a Punch, or 10 Steps to a Meaner Mug. You’ve got your work cut out for you, Ron Kruck.

This seems more like a publicity stunt than anything — or maybe it’s Bautista’s attempt to convince Dana White that he’s not a fake-fighter after all. What’s your take?

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agentsmith- June 10, 2011 at 5:54 am
The Gracie name has already been whored out more than Tito's babymama.
rogerw- June 9, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Why not? Pro wrestlers haven't done that badly in MMA.
GistoftheFist- June 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm
Some people use Segal as their horse whisperer, I guess a Gracie is using Bootista.
fACE7biter- June 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm
he's a long time martial arts practitioner, I think in Kali, Escrima, whatever, he has a martial arts background. I didn't say hes ready to be an MMA fighter, or even an elite instructor, what I said was he's probably qualified enough to teach novices at this school and leave the more advanced shit to someone else.
cokeburglar- June 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Hey, give the guy a little credit. He nailed Kelly Kelly when she was 18, so that gives him license to do whatever the frig he pleases in my book.
Pen Fifteen- June 9, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Since when is Batista a "legit martial artist"? The guy was a body-building before he got into wrestling, and he's never competed in legitimate sport in his life. Fucking around at an MMA gym for a year and photographing yourself in a gi doesn't make you an athlete, let alone one qualified to train anyone to do anything but arm curls.
fACE7biter- June 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Corny article. A lot of wrestlers open up businesses, particularly their own gyms, so that they dont have to wrestle into their 50s like Ric Flair. Batista is a legit martial artist who at the very least is qualified enough to instruct novices, and he has the backing of a Gracie, so whats the problem? If the area needs an MMA school, why shouldn't he invest in filling that void?
ccman- June 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm
i would rather watch monkeyspunk live up to his name.
intercept440- June 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm
hey if people go there and he makes money more power to him, , however i dont think his mma career technically would be over if he didnt want it to, i mean hell, mumbles toney, was able to convince dana to let him fight once, why not let a roided up wrestler have one go before ya give him his walking papers. Dana could sell it as a grudge match between lesnar , and he could have vince mcmahan write a story line for it. ufc monday night heehaw
monkyspunk- June 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm
Why is this surprising? Cesar Gracie seems intent on destroying the Gracie legacy. Considering the crow he hangs around these days I wouldn't be surprised if he had "Thug Life" tattooed across his chest and started competing in the WWE himself.
O Chan- June 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm
There he is... Training in a gi... Cute belly tat, bro.
Chael Sonnens Balls- June 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm
The proof is in the pictures
ccman- June 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Anyone else feel like the gracies have become jokes? Honestly sad to say it but every gracie lives off the "I'm (insert distant relation here) to royce... you know the guy who won before anyone actually trained to fight actually was allowed to enter!" Who was the last gracie to hold a belt of any kind?
Carlo- June 9, 2011 at 1:25 pm
I don't have a problem with this either. So he's gonna open a gym, it's not like he's gonna be the head trainer there. The guy want's to help expand Gracie gyms, I got no beef with that.
jimbonics- June 9, 2011 at 1:23 pm
While I do not condone MST3K, I am rather fond of this:
Pen Fifteen- June 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Now begins the countdown until we see someone pull off a jacknife powerbomb in an MMA fight.
El Guapo- June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Oh yeah, well I flew to Tampa, with Arianny, onto a landing strip. So there!
El Famous Burrito- June 9, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Sure, Jimbonics Institute leaves Tampa/St. Pete, taking all the good jobs away. Now where the hell am I going to go that allow me to be just another face in a red jumpsuit?
the silver hawaiian- June 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm
I had Arianny's landing strip on my, erm, chin.
jimbonics- June 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm
I no longer live in Tampa/St. Pete, so I win.
El Famous Burrito- June 9, 2011 at 1:08 pm
I live near Tampa, so I can buy the T-shirt and pretend I trane UFC.
PingPong- June 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Ha! I live in Tampa, now I can train UFC...
Jason Moles- June 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm
RwilsonR +1
RwilsonR- June 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Arianny had a "landing strip" just like that on her... well... not on her chin.
RSparrow- June 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Axe better have paid yall generously for that fucking ad!