Tomorrow night marks the MMA debut of former WWE Superstar Dave 'Brass Body' Bautista at Classic Entertainment and Sports: Real Pain in Providence. He'll be facing a veteran of the sport in journeyman Vince Lucero (22-22). Both are similar in age and size, but Lucero will have a huge advantage in experience. I'm not too sure about the stability of the organization putting on this show. Dunkin' Donuts Center is an expensive venue to rent out. PPV booking alone will cost about $200k, and the arena isn't anywhere close to sold out at the moment. Hopefully Dave's check doesn't bounce.
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 9 p.m. ET Watch: DIRECTV PPV
Dave Bautista (0-0) vs. Vince Lucero (22-22) David Loiseau (20-10) vs. Chris McNally (5-4) Luis Felix (7-6) vs. Marc Stevens (14-7) Brett Chism (16-11) vs. John Howard (17-7) Keith Jeffrey (8-2) vs. Chad Reiner (29-13) Saul Almeida (12-2) vs. Calvin Kattar (12-2) Gemiyale Adkins (7-3) vs. Mike Campbell (11-4) Todd Chattelle (10-7) vs. Chandler Holderness (9-3) Chris Guillen (13-12) vs. Greg Rebello (13-4) Josh Diekmann (12-4) vs. Tyler King (4-1) Shedrick Goodridge (2-2) vs. Brennan Ward (2-0) Nate Andrews (1-0) vs. Leon Davis (2-0) Rob Costa (2-1) vs. Andre Soukhamthath (2-1)
Dave is in great shape for a man his age. He got the double, showed technique on the ground and came away with the win. Congrats on fulfilling his dream of fighting at least once professionally. If nothing else, it adds to his rep should he ever return to WWE. His movie 'The Man with the Iron Fists' comes out in November.
Good for Batista fulfilling his dream. Now let's see him in an actual fight with an actual fighter instead of a work with obvious called spots.
I don't think this was fixed at all. Lucero looks like a guy that swings big, and half the time connects, and the other half, he misses and either gets hit with a ko punch, or gets beat the way he did.
Batista finished as well as a guy fighting his first fight could. Based on what I read, I was expecting a lot worse. He started slow, which seemed like 1st fight jitters. Obviously if he were to even fight someone on UF (let alone UFC) he would likely get destroyed, but it's only his first fight. If Hershal Walker can do it, why can't Batista?
Eh. They spent the whole fight hugging each other and whispering in each other's ears, like in a certain other profession we all follow. What they would be doing besides calling spots would be beyond me. It's not something I've seen in any other MMA fight, so I doubt it was "trash talk."