Following the lead set by Brock Lesnar, the former World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE Undisputed Champion, Dave Bautista, known better by his ring name Batista is ready to break into the Mixed Martial Arts world as he looks certain to make his Mixed Martial Arts debut on the 6th of October, at a CES Mixed Martial Arts event, slated to be held in Rhode Island, New York. This has been a long time coming for the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion but now, TMZ claims that it is closer to being a reality.
The 43 year old will go head to head against Rashid Evans (not Rashad Evans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship or the UFC) at the event and it is being believed that he has also been granted his license for the fight. Evans is an amateur in the Mixed Martial Arts circuit and has a win-loss record of 1-2. TMZ also went on to claim that there are talks about the event being telecast live, but there has been no confirmation, either of the participation of Batista or of the television slot.
When Brock Lesnar left the WWE at the peak of his career, there were talks that many more WWE Superstars would follow suit for a more lucrative business, which the Mixed Martial Arts circuit is, but that hasn’t happened so far and if Batista does make his debut inside the Octagon, he will become the first WWE wrestler since Bobby Lashley to trade the four-sided ring for the octagon.
It was claimed in 2010 that Batista was close to signing with Strike Force, but since its purchase, there was no further word on that. However, with Brock Lesnar having returned to the WWE and Batista long been away, there is not much loss for the WWE as well.