Love of fighting leads ex-WWE star Dave Bautista to MMA debut

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BuffaloDave
10/1/12 10:10:39AM
Dave Bautista spent the better part of a decade pretending to get punched in the face as a pro wrestler. Now that the 43-year-old heavyweight is less than a week away from his first chance to do it for real as a mixed martial arts fighter, he can hardly wait.

The question he keeps hearing over and over – the one he can't seem to supply a satisfactory answer to – is, why?

"I know some people have a hard time understanding it," said the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion, who's set to make his professional MMA debut in Providence, R.I., on Saturday (pay-per-view, $29.95). "I'm obviously never going to make the money that I made in the WWE, and it's not like I think I'm going to go become UFC champion."

So why do it? Why suffer through an eight-week training camp, which Bautista described as "by far the hardest thing" he's ever done, just to fight on the small circuit against an unknown opponent?

"I just want the experience," he said. "I don't have any ulterior motive. I just want to do it because I love it so much."

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BuffaloDave
10/1/12 10:17:48AM
At least he is level headed about his approach to MMA. I remember seeing a few videos of him training with Crump, Big Dave is definitely pretty fast. He probably is the least experienced without having had any real background in fighting like some other "Celebs" that make the crossover.
JLS1980
10/1/12 10:37:10AM
It's too bad he waited until 43 years old to go after something that is his passion. I'd say the big WWE bucks had something to do with that.

His original opponent Rashid Evans (1-2) got scratced from the card and his opponent is still TBD. My guess would have been Bautista would have steam rolled Evans with a roughly 40 lbs. weight advantage.
Bubbles
10/1/12 12:24:10PM
Bautista vs Canseco....book it
ghandikush
10/1/12 2:12:49PM

Posted by Bubbles

Bautista vs Canseco....book it



This, or Sapp, Super Hulk material right there.
Theoutlaw08
10/1/12 2:23:43PM
He waited too long. He also better get off that WWE juice. This is just my opinion but I don't think he'd be passing a drug test anytime soon.
Manak
10/1/12 3:26:25PM
i dont see why anyone would have a problem with him in trying this. He clearly states he is only doing this because he loves the sport of mma, he says he knows it too late and wont be in the UFC but wants to at least try this in his lifetime. gotta give him some props for having the balls to try something he has always wanted when most people will never take that chance.
Bubbles
10/1/12 4:27:07PM

Posted by Manak

i dont see why anyone would have a problem with him in trying this. He clearly states he is only doing this because he loves the sport of mma, he says he knows it too late and wont be in the UFC but wants to at least try this in his lifetime. gotta give him some props for having the balls to try something he has always wanted when most people will never take that chance.


Basically the same thing as Hershel Walker, but like 10 years earlier
MMAcca
10/1/12 4:33:34PM
Anybody heard word of an opponent yet ?
BillsNewAccount
10/1/12 4:57:48PM
Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill
Goatenstein
10/1/12 5:02:03PM

Posted by Theoutlaw08

He waited too long. He also better get off that WWE juice. This is just my opinion but I don't think he'd be passing a drug test anytime soon.

He left WWE over two years ago.
MMAcca
10/1/12 5:06:02PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount

Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill



Reached my prop limit. Gutted
ThaAxeMurderer7
10/1/12 5:06:38PM

Posted by BillsNewAccount

Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill



There's no way. I can't believe that there is an AC out there that would sanction that fight. DC would absolutely dismantle him.

Don't trust those guys. I know people like to think that they are "cool" and "unlike any other MMA website" but from my work experience, they don't do their research and even go as far as to flat out lie in their stories.
MMAcca
10/1/12 5:09:21PM

Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7


Posted by BillsNewAccount

Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill



There's no way. I can't believe that there is an AC out there that would sanction that fight. DC would absolutely dismantle him.

Don't trust those guys. I know people like to think that they are "cool" and "unlike any other MMA website" but from my work experience, they don't do their research and even go as far as to flat out lie in their stories.



I think he was joking

At least i hope he was..........
ThaAxeMurderer7
10/1/12 5:20:55PM

Posted by MMAcca


Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7


Posted by BillsNewAccount

Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill



There's no way. I can't believe that there is an AC out there that would sanction that fight. DC would absolutely dismantle him.

Don't trust those guys. I know people like to think that they are "cool" and "unlike any other MMA website" but from my work experience, they don't do their research and even go as far as to flat out lie in their stories.



I think he was joking

At least i hope he was..........



Well, nevermind then...
JLS1980
10/1/12 9:29:23PM

Posted by MMAcca

Anybody heard word of an opponent yet ?



As of today his opponent was still TBD. His original opponent Rasid Evans was scratched due to legal trouble.
BuffaloDave
10/1/12 9:35:21PM

Posted by JLS1980


Posted by MMAcca

Anybody heard word of an opponent yet ?



As of today his opponent was still TBD. His original opponent Rasid Evans was scratched due to legal trouble.



TMZ is saying he'll fight Vince Lucero who has 40+ fights under him, even fought and lost to Big Timmay. Looked at his profile , he has fought some other known names in there.

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JLS1980
10/1/12 10:07:29PM

Posted by BuffaloDave


Posted by JLS1980


Posted by MMAcca

Anybody heard word of an opponent yet ?



As of today his opponent was still TBD. His original opponent Rasid Evans was scratched due to legal trouble.



TMZ is saying he'll fight Vince Lucero who has 40+ fights under him, even fought and lost to Big Timmay. Looked at his profile , he has fought some other known names in there.

LINK



Thanks. And very interesting. Bautista doesn't look like he'll have that big weight advantage like he would've against his original opponent. And yeah he has fought some pretty notable fighters. I seen Ron Sparks, Devin Cole, Tim Sylvia, Roy Nelson, Lavar Johnson, Eddie Sanchez, Tim Hague, I give up that dude has a lot of experience to say the least 22-22 is his record. He lost to all of those guys I listed too. I don't know why but I'm very interested in seeing the outcome for some odd reason.
PhilBrito
10/2/12 9:22:08AM

Posted by ThaAxeMurderer7


Posted by BillsNewAccount

Pretty sure he's stepping in to fight Cormier.

Read it on middleasy's rumor mill



There's no way. I can't believe that there is an AC out there that would sanction that fight. DC would absolutely dismantle him.

Don't trust those guys. I know people like to think that they are "cool" and "unlike any other MMA website" but from my work experience, they don't do their research and even go as far as to flat out lie in their stories.



-_- fuckin people..
BuffaloDave
10/2/12 10:26:23AM

Posted by JLS1980


Thanks. And very interesting. Bautista doesn't look like he'll have that big weight advantage like he would've against his original opponent. And yeah he has fought some pretty notable fighters. I seen Ron Sparks, Devin Cole, Tim Sylvia, Roy Nelson, Lavar Johnson, Eddie Sanchez, Tim Hague, I give up that dude has a lot of experience to say the least 22-22 is his record. He lost to all of those guys I listed too. I don't know why but I'm very interested in seeing the outcome for some odd reason.



Yeah, Vince has a lot more experience than Dave, and his original opponent, might have those 22 losses, but he does have 22 wins as well, I'm really surprised he would get such a seasoned opponent, they tried spoon feeding him with the first guy, then give him a guy with 40+ fights.
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