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Batista's MMA Deal Hits Big, Green Speed Bump

6/23/2010 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former WWE champ Batista may have jumped the gun when he told us he was joining the Strikeforce MMA league -- TMZ has learned dude hasn't signed a contract ... and the holdup is cold, hard cash.

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Sources involved in the negotiations tell TMZ, Batista and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker have already hammered out most of the details in their contract -- but Batista's salary is still a major sticking point.

Coker and the former WWE star are also stuck on scheduling issues -- because according to sources close to the fighter, Batista's calendar has been jam-packed with TV and movie deals since his wrestling contract expired.

We're also told Batista's camp is pissed off over Booker T.'s comments yesterday that Batista would get beat down by fellow WWE-star-turned-MMA-fighter Bobby Lashley ... telling us Batista will fight anyone, Lashley included.

Hopefully, we'll get to see for ourselves ... if Batista can ever work out a deal.

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1.

Mike    

Keep these guys away.... MMA is not about money

1492 days ago
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Pablo Eskobar86    

Batista would get his ass beat if he fought Brock Lesnar tho.

1492 days ago
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electriczipper    

maybe he better think about joining that midget wrestleing thing first..now that I would watch.....

1492 days ago
4.

Ernie    

The money that Batista is figthing over should be used for hospital expences that he is going to need after his first fight. I bet Brock is licking his chops to fight Batista. That fight would be over in less that a minute. Batista bell (head) would be ringing for a week after the ringing stops Batista say where am I. He is better off making movies guest appearances and find a day job. Like a wrote before Batista has no clue what he is getting into.

1492 days ago
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kimposter    

Lashley will give him a beat down. Love batista but what skills other than brute strength and size does he bring?

1492 days ago
6.

RyogaVee    

This guy was making 2 million a year in WWE. Most fighters, even top tier make only about $3 - $500,000.



If Batista thinks he'll get even close to that he is very mistaken.

1492 days ago
7.

Uh    

Yesterday it was a done deal...today their is a sticking point. Tomorrow...? The gullible peanut gallery thanks you for the accurate
fairytale.

1492 days ago
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TheUltraworld    

Dude?

1492 days ago
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CriticAl    

Coker, pay the man what it takes! I want to see how he will do in a real fight!



1492 days ago
10.

vikki    

Thanks guys for posting another Batista ,just can't get enough of him. Ya'll need to stop being such haters and let the man have his chance. Good luck Dave.

1492 days ago
11.

Tim    

Whats he gonna do when its time to pee in a cup tho ?

1492 days ago
12.

Brown eyes    

He has been training for a few years now for this, yall need to step back for a second and remember that this is a man with amazing strength, determination, and smarts unlike most ever have seen...Dave? Your effin amazing, remember that..

1491 days ago
13.

Langhi Lau    

so they must let them use steroids in MMA fighting just like wrestling.

1491 days ago
14.

Ralph    

MMA?...UFC?....I thought Batista said he was going to KFC....there...he wouldn't get hurt....well except his belly aching(which he does already). Dave Batista is a BITCH and has always been one...just a no-talent Big man,not knowing what to do with himself...Sad, Dave....Sad.

1488 days ago
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justin martin    

mma is for professional fighter and dave is not,should stick with what u are good in pretent to be somebody,my five year old can kick his arse.get out while your brain is still attach to you head.

1488 days ago
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