With so many super fights and crossovers happening in the world of mixed martial arts, we thought it was high time to take a look back at one of the WWE’s crossovers into mixed martial arts that ended in some pretty heavy domination.
Long before fighting alien scum and travelling around with a little plant guy named “Groot” in the incredibly popular “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie franchise, Dave “Batista” Bautista decided to follow in the footsteps of Brock Lesnar, announcing to TMZ.com back in 2010 that he would be pursuing a career in mixed martial arts after being released from the WWE.
Bautista began training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, eventually earning a purple belt under Cesar Gracie before attempting to negotiate a contract with Strikeforce. The deal would fall through after Strikeforce was purchased by Zuffa, LLC and absorbed into the UFC.
He was set to make his debut against the curiously named Rashid Evans (no, not former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans) in the Classic Entertainment and Sports: Real Pain event in Providence, Rhode Island. These plans would be dashed when Evans was sent to jail following a parole violation, with Vince Lucero being asked to stand in for Evans on short notice.
Lucero ran straight out of the gate like a raging bull at Bautista, landing a hard punch before taunting his opponent and clinching with him along the fence. Bautista eventually managed to wrestle the overweight Lucero down to the ground where he managed to control the pace quite comfortably, however, he was not able to take rear mount due to Lucero’s rather large midsection.
Lucero would complain about punches to the back of the head after being completely flattened out and would take several unanswered shots before the referee was forced to call a stop to the contest and rule the fight a TKO victory for Bautista.
The former WWE wrestler would trash talk his foe following the fight, however, guest commentator and UFC fighter Joe Lauzon was unable to shed light on to why Bautista had started a scuffle with the man he’d thoroughly dominated just moments before.
Check out the full video of Bautista’s first and only mixed martial arts bout below and let us know what you think!