Former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion Dave Bautista will be making his MMA debut on October 6th 2012 at CES (Classic Entertainment and Sports) MMA Event, set to take place in Providence, RI.
Dave (who is 43) is set to face off against a relative new comer as well, by the name of Rashid Evans. This fight is the subjected main event of the card, but as everyone is aware of for these events, “card subject to change”.
This event is set to be televised, however, nothing has been finalized when it comes to any television outlet deals. This event for CES will take place at the Dunkin Donuts Center, in Providence, RI. This should come to as an advantage to Dave, since while in the World Wrestling Entertainment, he has had a number of matches in this historic arena. And his experience with large arenas in general is an additional advantage to Bautista.
The last we saw Bautista in a ring of some sorts was on the April 26th 2010 edition of Raw when Bautista sat in the middle of the ring and “quit” after losing to John Cena in the WWE Championship match at the Extreme Rules Pay Per View, he night before, in a last man standing match.
Originally when “retiring” from the WWE in 2010, Bautista’s sights were set on joining Strikeforce, however, when the UFC purchase Strikeforce, the deal between Dave and Strikeforce was no more, since the UFC had no interest in bringing him on.
Bautista has been training with Cesar Gracie and Nick Diaz to tighten up his MMA skills. Bautista will be following in the footsteps of Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley and Sean O’hare as to former pro wrestlers who went the MMA route. Brock Lesnar, however, returned to WWE in April 2012.
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports.