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Batista -- Gunnin' for MMA Debut in 2011

10/12/2010 4:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ex-WWE star Batista flashed his tats backstage at Strikeforce this past weekend -- schmoozing with MMA honchos -- and we're told, The Animal is "more ready than ever" to sign on the dotted line.

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The former wrestler met with officials at the MMA organization on Saturday in San Jose -- and according to sources close to six-time WWE champ, "Batista is really eager to get in the ring and show everyone what he's made of."

There's no official deal yet -- even though it's been in the works for months -- but the iron's hot ... in fact, we're told Batista even met with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker to talk shop during his visit .. and they're both gunning for an early 2011 MMA debut.

Deal or no deal -- Batista quickly established his supremacy in the pec'ing order.

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MofomanCA    

I wonder if this guy will test Positive for P.E.D.s.....

1386 days ago
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Eder    

Dude Batista is a beast.

He won't pull a Brock Lesner, and he might get his ass beat several times to the point no one knows him, but he's still a cool ass dude.

And **** you 'first' commenter. You suck ass

1386 days ago
3.

Dave    

Batista trains at my Muay Thai gym in Tampa and he's pretty tough. I wouldn't underestimate him.

1386 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

The hat looks stupid. You are supposed to bend the bill to fit your head. Let me guess, the sticker with the size is still on it somewhere as well?

1386 days ago
5.

addy    

This guy is a rock. He'd kill the average guy with one well-placed hit.

1386 days ago
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sarah    

Nice to see the MMA has adopted the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in order to allow Batista entry.

1386 days ago
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artie help    

hey #7 you're just an angry unfuny jerk-off, cynicism is supposed to be a natural trait ,once you try too hard at it you just come off as an angry unfunny douche. Keep up the good work .

1386 days ago
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texasknight1    

i think this is giving a wrong impression. from other sites they have stated.. his contract with strikeforce is a NO-GO and he's returning back to the wwe... the wwe has just released new Batista The animal merchandise and still are selling his image.. he's even in the new game coming out this month.

Batista is returning to the WWE get your facts straight TMZ.

and if he does not return.. he'll lose a ton of fans who're needing him back in the wwe getting his revenge on john cena for making him quit.

1386 days ago
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Vince Robles    

Batista did well in the WWE but the world of MMA is very different. This is where things are real and people realy get banged up. I guess we'll just have to wait and see come fight night and the question is "Will 'The Animal' be unleashed?"

1386 days ago
10.

Igor     

Batista is so hot!! I'd let him do terrible things to me and I'd enjoy every minute of it.

1386 days ago
11.

addy    

hey #9 - you fail to understand basic words. The guy looks to be solid like a rock, and I'd imagine if he hit the average guy, it'd feel like being hit with a rock. Not sure how you drew any kind of feigned humor or cynicism out of that comment.

1386 days ago
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artie help    

ADDY, i'm sorry i was referring to stupid people hater not your post, very sorry and your post was great . thnx and sorry brother.

1386 days ago
13.

tmzguru    

strikeforce.. wtf man up and join the UFC, strikeforce is garbage and will just feed him tomato cans to make him marketable.

1386 days ago
14.

addy    

Actually, I'm the one who failed to understand how the site works. They removed spam comments, thus the numbers shift... I should have realized before. Apologies.

1386 days ago
15.

MadAdam    

Batisita hasn't agreed to either Strikeforce or WWE yet, and Strikeforce is still more liekly. He will only go back to WWE if Strikeforce doesn't happen and he doesn't get more movies (maybe TMZ should report on the movie he is going to be in.)

1386 days ago
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