No that’s not a typo and no this is not a joke. Former WWE champ, Dave Bautista is set to make his pro MMA debut at the age of 43 on Oct. 6 against an amateur fighter turning pro named Rashid Evans (not to confuse with Rashad Evans) in Providence, Rhode Island according to TMZ.com.
“The 43-year-old powerhouse signed with the CES MMA league — and is all set up to fight on October 6 at the Duncan Doughnuts Theater in Providence, Rhode Island. We’re told Batista — 6’6″ and 290 lbs — will square up against some dude named Rashid Evans … not to be confused with UFC hurt-maker Rashad Evans. Sources connected to the deal tell us … the fight WILL be televised … but it’s unclear which provider will broadcast the fight.”
A now long time student of Cesar Gracie, Batista has since opened his own Gracie gym in Tampa, FL. As the news flooded the internet, Bautista had only one answer via twitter. “Sorry haters!“