(Updated) WWE Champion Batista Coming To Strikeforce?

Written by Tim Ngo
June 21st, 2010

Former WWE champion Dave Batista

It appears that the next pro wrestler to jump ship into the world of MMA is Batista. He reportedly has signed a two-fight deal with Strikeforce.

While on a night out on the town, Batista (real name David Batista) told the celebrity gossip site TMZ.com that he was  done wrestling now that his contract with the WWE was over.

“I’m not in the WWE,” Batista stated. “No mas.”

Apparently Batista, 41, feels that he too can follow in the shoes of Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley, who also made the change from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts.

When asked if he was really going to get into MMA,  he laughed it off while quietly saying that he’d be fighting for a certain California-based promotion.

“Strikeforce,” Batista confirmed.

The only thing he wouldn’t tell the website was who he would be fighting against or when his debut would be, but he did say that he would not fight the baddest man on the planet, Fedor.

“I already know, but I’m not telling you,” he said.

Update: 5thRound.com was able to get in touch with Mike Afromowitz from Strikeforce who confirmed to us that Dave Batista has NOT signed with Strikeforce.

Check out his quick Q&A session with TMZ below:

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