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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.

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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If they protect him like the UFC protects Lesner, he'll do well.

1473 days ago


Anybody can pump themselves up. That does not make them talented. Is MMA going staged and theatrical?.

1473 days ago


would really love to see you bad mouthing wimps in a cage with Dave Bautista. that would definitely put some credibility in your posts.

hey Strikeforce, now this is a PPV idea we'd all spend money on.

1472 days ago


Strikeforce is where the best heavyweights in the world are right now.

Fedor, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett, Andre Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum > Lesnar, Carwin, Mir, Velasquez, Junior dos Santos

Overeem and Fedor outclass and have more skill than any of those maybe with the exception of Dos santos' striking..

don't listen to what Dana White says about Fedor, he's still bitter that he couldn't sign him

1470 days ago


The name 'THE ANIMAL' says it all, Strikeforce struggled to find an opponent for Lashley how do you think they will do for a fight for Batista.

1469 days ago

Dan Hill    

I wouldn't under estimate Batista. With a build like that? If he can through it down, he could bring the pain.

1462 days ago


i think all of you guys forget that, batista is ex bouncer..fighting is his life......if he have the killer instinct..anythings possible

1423 days ago

batista lover    

I hope he signs on somewhere, I can't wait to see him in action again. I miss him on WWE...and the outcomes may be staged, but you have to be in one hell of a shape to go through that hard hitting ring bout. Anyone who doesn't appreciate the strength and endurance of these athletes is an idiot. Bastista is the MAN and I hope all his wishes come true!!!

1265 days ago


I watched batista in wwe for 6 years belive me he has what it takes to be the best in strikeforce

1242 days ago
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