Former WWE superstar Dave Batista recently made headlines when he prematurely announced his arrival in Stikeforce for a debut in mixed martial arts, and although nothing is set in stone as of this time, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker recently revealed that there could be a future for the hulking heavyweight within the promotion.
“They have the desire to fight in MMA and we’re trying to put together a deal that makes sense,” said Coker during a conversation with the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “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.”
However, if Batista is to be taken seriously by Coker and Strikeforce, he’s going to have to prove that he’s serious about more than just collecting a fat paycheck.
“Just like we did with Herschel (Walker), we’d have to put him into a gym,” said 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.”
Coker would go on to use UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar as a measuring stick for Batista.
“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?,” said Coker.
In all fairness, Lesnar is a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion in the heavyweight division while Batista has no formal combat sport background outside of the WWE.