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Batista

Ex-WWE Champ

BOOKS 1st MMA Fight

7/13/2012 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's been A LONG time in the making ... but former WWE heavyweight champion Batista has FINALLY booked his first real deal MMA fight ... TMZ has learned.

Batista has been training to get in the ring for years ... and got REALLY close to fighting in the Strikeforce league back in 2010 -- but the deal fell apart.

But now it's on for real -- the 43-year-old powerhouse signed with the CES MMA league -- and is all set up to fight on October 6 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

We're told Batista -- 6'6" and 290 lbs -- will square up against some dude named Rashid Evans ... not to be confused with UFC hurt-maker Rashad Evans.

Sources connected to the deal tell us ... the fight WILL be televised ... but it's unclear which provider will broadcast the fight.

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ForTheLulz    

FIRST!!!

779 days ago
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MsBKitty    

Its Dunkin Donuts dude!

779 days ago
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dskowulf    

Wwe? How embarrassing

779 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Unless it is fixed, (which of course it is), I suspect he will get his ass kicked by a real MMA guy.. Its one thing to understand technique and learn how to fight MMA style, but most real MMA fighters are wired a little bit different in the brain and enjoy punishment on a whole different level. When he faces one of these guys who want to literally punch and kick his head completely off his body, he will realize what he has gotten himself into. I hope he gets his ass kicked then we will see if he really has the heart to come back for real.. Otherwise this was probably nothing but a stunt..

779 days ago
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renee    

wrestling is fake mma is real!

779 days ago
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JohnniePolo    

Its the Dunkin Donuts Center. Come on Harvey get on the stick.

779 days ago
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GreyWolf    

Wow, I hardly recognized him. I have never seen him so small before. He looked hotter when he was a wrestler. Fake or not. :D

779 days ago
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Jim    

I've always said he'll either get smoked or fight someone with no talent. Guess my prediction came true.

779 days ago
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Georgie in NH    

I bet if Starbucks had an arena, you wouldn't mispell it. You guys need a Dunks out in LA.

779 days ago
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THE-KILLUMINATED-ONE    

This dude is big, but size do sent reflect skill.

779 days ago
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Big D    

He's a little old to be starting a MMA career. Big or not the younger experienced dudes will kick his azz.

779 days ago
12.

craig    

Hes fighting at Dunkin Donuts on Flatbush ave in the parking lot nest to the Petco

779 days ago
13.

Badass2012    

Steroids..

779 days ago
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EastCoastChopper    

Memo to self: Always avoid getting into a fight with anyone - who's ears look like withered chunks of Cauliflower.

779 days ago
15.

Rico Suavy    

he's a big baby, the Bieb could kick his ass

779 days ago
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