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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