Strikeforce Says Lashley vs. Batista Is A ‘Pay-Per-View Fight’

Like it or not, 41-yr old retired WWE superstar Dave Batista is probably going to find his way into a Strikeforce cage sooner or later. They’ve already hooked him up with the Cesar Gracie Academy, and if all goes well there, chances are they’re going to sign him. It’s basically the same approach Strikeforce took with Herschel Walker, except they have much bigger plans in store for Batista than putting him on a Showtime card against an unknown.

If signed, Bautista’s debut will almost assuredly come against fellow former pro wrestler Bobby Lashley. It’s a fight that makes a lot of sense to Strikeforce officials, and they’re talking up the possibility of putting the bout on the first-ever Strikeforce pay per view card.

“That’s not a free television bout. That’s a pay per view fight,” said Strikeforce matchmaker Rich Chou. “You can’t give away everything for free.”

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker echoed the sentiments. “Absolutely. That’s a pay per view fight. I believe we put on some great matchups for the hardcore fans and the casual fans in general. When you tune in to a Strikeforce fight, you know you’re going to see some great fights,” Coker told “But every once in awhile, when you get a chance to throw in a fight like this one that’s just fun to watch? Why not?”

I get it, Brock Lesnar sells truckloads of pay-per-views every time he fights, so Strikeforce thinks they can take a couple of ex-pro wrestlers, put them in a real fight and it’ll sell like hotcakes. I doubt it, but as long as they’re not paying them astronomical purses I guess its worth a shot. Just don’t tell us it’s a fight worthy of our hard earned cash, because it’s not.

In other Strikeforce news, Scott Coker’s talking about doing a 4-man heavyweight tournament with Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Alistair Overeem and Antonio Silva. As for that middleweight tournament, the latest idea is an 8-man tourney in October to determine a number one contender for the Jacare-Kennedy winner.

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  • http://Round1 Jmsdevils

    WHY ???????????????? i know why but WHY ????????

  • Miguel Pereira

    Lashley vs. Batista: No comments! LOL
    Heavyweight Tournament: Never thought about it…but actually sound good to me!
    Middleweight Tournament: Not too excited…

  • Daniel

    Would the Batista and Lashley fight B the main event, cuz it wouldn’t B bad if it was on an undercard. Yeah the heavyweight tourney sounds way better than giving fighters coming off losses a title shot. The middleweight tourney is kind of a joke without Henderson and Le though.

  • MizasterJ

    ehhh are they going to hire Vince Mcmahon as the refree? or bring in Jesse Ventura?

    Its silly say its PPV worthy. I’d kinda like to see what Batista is capable of but…
    im not expecting much. I think Lashley has better potential.

  • Efrain

    i think it’s a smart fun match to make. it could attract a lot of people who buy WWE pay per views to watch it…. at the end of the day it’s just one fight for our enjoyment and it’ll expose MMA fighters to more people(wwe fans) and make our sport grow :)

    • hellojohn99

      very well said, Efrain, as part of the main card it would be a very fun bout and expose many new potential fans to the more serious matches on the card and the sport of mma.

      • Efrain

        yeah !

  • worthmatt

    Bobby Lashley vs. Dave Batista in pay-per-view put on by Strikeforce??!! C’mon!! Bobby Lashley does have a legitimate wrestling background & has fought in some MMA bouts. I give him that. Dave Batista, on the other hand, has NO legitimate wrestling experience and NO MMA experience. This would be nothing but a joke. Strikeforce is very desperate to gain attention for itself. Lashley vs. Batista belongs on a WWE pay-per-view, not an MMA pay-per-view.

  • sandman

    How can Stikeforce offer this as a PPV event and keep a straight face?!? This is insulting to the sport and to the MMA fans. The Heavyweight tourney, however, could sell nicely…

  • JNC

    Strikeforce must be really desperate for some kind of exposure. This fight is gonna give them the wrong kind though. Their organization is a joke!

  • Alonzo

    I’d watch bautista!

    • Kat

      Hell yeah! I love all sports!!!!!!!!!!!! Baseball, football,hockey, basketball, wrestling and boxing matches. But for some reason just don’t get into MMA or UFC. My boyfriend doesn’t understand why. But I told him once Bautista is in I’m in. I’ll be watching all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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