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Batista to Open New Ass-Kicking MMA Facility

6/7/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ex-WWE star Batista is teaming up with MMA royalty to groom a whole new generation of face-bashers ... with a brand new GYM -- just months after his own pro-fighting career was abruptly cut short.

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According to sources, the 6'6" 290-pounder is in the process of opening an MMA training facility in Tampa called Gracie Fighter Jiu Jitsu -- and if the name Gracie sounds familiar ... it's because the Gracie family is credited with establishing modern day MMA.

The gym is currently only open to close martial artist friends ... but Batista and his partner Cesar Gracie -- who trains several top fighters on the West coast -- plan to open it to the public next week.

0606_strike_force_deal_dead_vid_smallAs we previously reported, Batista was all set to sign with Strikeforce before they were bought out by UFC -- but once the dust settled post-takeover, Batista's deal was dead in the water.


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Josue    

im sure as hell going to miss you Batista )=

1142 days ago
17.

Jose Giraldo    

hey if batista see this, i want him to know he made a dumbest mistake ever made for cut his deal with strikeforce just becuz it merge to zuffa/ufc, soo what! dana white offically said strikeforce not gonna change anything, they still keeping the same program. know what? dave batista need to update before he cut the deal, not only he dispointed but his fans r very dissappointed abt this. make deal with strikeforce and grow up. he fkin rookie i understand his dumb brain fake wrestling;s mind

1086 days ago
18.

MATT C    

DAVE BATISTA ID GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!

1070 days ago
19.

Amarae    

Sorry TMZ but he weighs in at barely over 270 now. hes dropped thirty pounds from not working out as much or eating meat. now hes back up over 270. As he has talked about on his twitter.

973 days ago
20.

armorbatista    

yeah right batista is one of the best wwe wrestlers in the WORLD he can easily deafeat anyone who stands in his way i mean look at his body he us so ****ing huge

876 days ago
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BILLY JACK COMPTON    

I KNOW DAVE BAUTISTA THE TRUE CHAMPION IN THE RING AND OUT OF THE RING A TRUE HUMBLE GENTLEMAN IN PERSON AND A MAN OF HONOR AND CONVICTION FOR WHAT HE SETS GOALS TO DO HE JUST GOES AFTER IT.THATS THE TRUE FIGHTER IN HIM. I TRUELY BELIEVE WITH ALL OF MY HEART THAT IF GIVEN THE CHANCE TO STEP IN THE RING AGAINST SOME OF THE BEST IN THE GAME OF MMA I TRULEY BELIEVE HE WOULD SHOCK THE ENTIRE WORLD OF JUST HOW BADASS HE IS, IM A FORMER STREET FIGHTER,MMA,BOXEING,TOUGHMAN COMPETITION AND IVE BEAT A LOT OF ASS IN MY LIFE BUT WOULD RATHER RETIRE THAN HAVE TO STEP TO ''DAVE BAUTISTA'' HE IS A F------KING BEAST AND WILL DESTROY WHOEVER YOU PUT IN FRONT OF HIM THEY DONT CALL HIM ''ANIMAL'' FOR NOTHING IF ONLY SOMEONE IN THE UFC MAINLY DANA WHITE SHOULD REALLY CONSIDER BRINGING ''DAVE BAUTISTA '' INTO THE RING FOR THE ''UFC'' IT WOULD DRAW A AUDIENCE SO BIG WORLD WIDE THE NETWORKS WOULD MAKE A BUNDLE, SO STEP UP DANA WHITE AND DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE FANS BRO YOU GAVE KIMBO SLICE A CHANCE KEEP IT REAL AND SIGN A CONTRACT WITH 'DAVE BAUTISTA'' HE WILL MAKE YOU PROUD AND AMERICA AND HIS HOMELAND WILL FOREVER BE PROUD TO CALL HIM SON JUST SAYING FROM THE HEART ''DAVE;S REAL BRO FOR LIFE BECAUSE HES REAL'' FROM ''BILLY JACK COMPTON''

738 days ago
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