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Wow, It’s Actually Happening: Former WWE Champion Dave Bautista Making MMA Debut on October 6

“Okay Chael, I got right into the triangle defense you taught me! Now what?”

File this one under “Better (I guess) late than never.”

TMZ is reporting that former WWE Champion Dave Bautista - better known by his incredibly clever stage name “Batista” – has inked a deal with Rhode Island’s CES MMA. He will be making his professional MMA debut on October 6, which will take place at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

His opponent is thirty-three year old Rashid ”Smash” Evans, who will also be making his professional MMA debut. Evans went 3-2 in amateur competition, with his most recent victory being a second round submission via strikes victory over Brett Jenkins at Barbarian Fight Club “2012″ in January.

“Smash” Evans, losing to Kyle Bilquist at last year’s New Breed Fighters XXXV. Sorry, guys, it was the only video I could find for the guy.

For those who don’t remember, Bautista has been promising to make his professional MMA debut long enough for most of us to stop caring. The 6’6, 300 pound master of the “Batista Bomb” first announced in 2010 that he had signed with Strikeforce, and almost immediately began mean-mugging in the 209 with the Cesar Gracie crew. After a claim that a fight purse had been agreed upon, and a well-timed callout from Bobby Lashley, it certainly looked like the superfight (or “superfight”) of the decade was in the making.

Unfortunately (“unfortunately”), the Zuffa buyout of Strikeforce in March 2011 squashed the whole “Bautista to Strikeforce” idea, making the aforementioned Lashley vs. Bautista superfight more likely to come about as a Taipei Death Match than a legitimate competition. ”The Animal Batista” would go on to open his own MMA gym, but most of us had assumed he was just trolling with his promises of competing in MMA.

At 43 years old, it’s probably too late for Dave Bautista to have a meaningful MMA career. He could be the next Brock Lesnar, yes – just like I could win a Pulitzer. With enough hard work and dedication to his training, the idea of him being the next Bobby Lashley is far more realistic. Fittingly, the whole Lashley vs. Bautista fight may very well come to fruition as well (three years too late, but again, better late than never). And if literally everything else fails, he could easily be the next Bob Sapp.

Give credit where credit is due, though: Sensei Seagal and Koji Oishi combined couldn’t hold a candle to this guy’s ability to punch away rubber knives while strutting around, puffing his chest out. Behold:

You’re welcome.

So, after watching both men in action, who ya got?


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chemistry911- July 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm
if it takes the calamity of the possibility of an illegal shot for you to hold on to in order to believe chael would have won youre a clown.. fights end when fighters do and on the worlds count its 2-0 why hug nuts when you can hug stats
Grandmas Nutmeg- July 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm
I hope he remembers his TUE
Crow42- July 13, 2012 at 10:12 pm
Batista gonna get his ass WHIPPED
Darkside- July 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm
I initially read this as Batista booked to fight Rashad Evans at a dunkin donuts in rhode island.
VengeVega- July 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm
@ danomite, Yeah because if Chael says it(well after the fact) it must be the truth. Certainly not a last ditch effort to remain relevant.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm
Chael Sonnen also admitted he is the real middleweight champion. How come you guys aren't reporting it? Sheesh!
J.Jones- July 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm
@danomite I ask this as a fan of both fighters: Do you seriously take Chael Sonnen AT HIS WORD??
danomite- July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
yes. every single word. but if you read what he says, he talks about it the same way he talked about the shorts grabbing and vaseline: yes it happened but the ref didn't see it so it doesn't matter. It doesn't sound like he's angling for another fight or making an excuse. He's just saying what happened. We all saw it happen (except for the Andy nuthuggers) so why should he pretend it didn't happen?
Ricardo Guitardo- July 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm
CP is too blinded by andy silvia ball juice to see the truth
SethF- July 13, 2012 at 12:45 pm
You take "I thought tapping ended the round, not the fight" Sonnen as "the truth"? Do I know a Nigerian prince with a business proposal for you.
danomite- July 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm
So you guys are just gonna pretend that Chael Sonnen didn't admit last night that Anderson's knee hit him in the face? I'm just dying to hear the excuses Anderson's nuthuggers come up with now.
Ricardo Guitardo- July 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm
No one will ever admit that from this site. They are blinded from andy silvia ball juice in their eyes.
El Famous Burrito- July 13, 2012 at 11:53 am
So you can turn pro with zero MMA fights in Rhode Island?

Normally, I'd say that sounds terribly unsafe, but since this guy's skull is most likely filled with roided-up apple butter, I say go for it, fake wrestling dude!
SethF- July 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm
I'm pretty sure the rule is that if you've been a pro athlete, regardless of the sport/"sport", you cannot compete as an amateur.
blaphtome- July 13, 2012 at 11:15 am
Someone should tell this clown that roids don't make you an athlete. Dudes body mechanics are garbage, and fuckin knife katas...seriously. I hate that the sport constantly attracts these idiots.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 11:10 am
And I think you got a little dyslexic in the location, the event is taking place at "The center of Dunkin’ Donuts in Providence, Rhode Island"
Fried Taco- July 13, 2012 at 11:08 am
On the CageTomato site, there is already talk about Batista fighting Bert Rogers and John Jones.
eric37- July 13, 2012 at 11:03 am
after this fight batista will be fighting rimpage jackson