Just like the 30’s are the new 20’s, former professional wrestlers appear to be the new MMA superstars. Following Brock Lesnar’s spectacular victory over Shane Carwin at UFC 116, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker seems a lot more interested in showcasing another WWE stud.
“They have the desire to fight in MMA and we’re trying to put together a deal that makes sense,” Coker told Sherdog.com regarding Batista. “Is he signed right now? No. But is he somebody we’d like to see in the cage in the future fighting for Strikeforce? It’s a possibility.”
Although the 41-year-old has no REAL combat experience under his belt, Coker is impressed that Batista has hired a striking coach and a ground instructor to hone his skills. He’d just prefer to window shop some more before making a purchase.
“Just like we did with Herschel (Walker), we’d have to put him into a gym,” stated Coker. “It doesn’t matter what gym, as long as it’s a reputable mixed martial arts academy. He has to go in there and train because if he didn’t, we’d probably have a short relationship.”
Batista’s star power and ability to attract a slightly different demographic are clear selling points for the overly-chiseled heavyweight. Although the charismatic promoter isn’t too anxious to acquire Batista’s services, he does believe there might be something there.
“We’re not the guys that are putting all the circus fights on,but in all fairness, look at Brock Lesnar. He made the crossover. Why not Batista?” Coker wondered out loud.
“I think [Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson’s] had his run, so to speak. He’s kind of had his time in the MMA business whereas Batista hasn’t and Herschel hasn’t. We already know how Kimbo will do, so to me, there’s a little curiosity factor (with Batista).”
If Strikeforce inked Batista, they would have access to another former pro wrestler to go alongside Bobby Lashley. There’s no way you could resist arranging a REAL scrap between the former FAKE fighters, could you Scotty?
“That would just be a fun fight to watch,” Coker added.