Dave Batista’s MMA Career Over Before it Begins

Written by Tom Ngo
April 26th, 2011

Former WWE champion Dave Batista

Last July, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker seemed to be aggressively pursuing former WWE star Dave Batista. Although the two sides were never able to put pen to paper, Coker suggested Batista could appear in the company’s first pay-per-view broadcast opposite fellow former fake fighter Bobby Lashley.

Fast forward nine months and Strikeforce is now under new ownership. Unfortunately for Batista, UFC president Dana White ain’t one for the “freak show” fights. Furthermore, the 42-year-old Batista is upset he never got the heads up regarding his potential employment going up in flames.

“[Negotiations with Strikeforce] didn’t break down until they sold out” Batista told TMZ. “I had no idea. Nobody ever said anything. Scott Coker never said anything. We had a deal on the table. We were just trying to fix a few things and next thing I know they got bought out.

“That’s how it goes.”

The nerve of Coker for not consulting with Batista before selling his company to Zuffa, LLC…

Regardless, the heavyweight expressed “real disappointed” with the way things unraveled. He added, “I really had my heart set on Strikeforce.”

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