42-year-old former WWE star Dave Batista quit pro wrestling in mid-2010 and announced he was interested in MMA. Various sources including Batista himself announced that a deal with Strikeforce was imminent.
Then the UFC bought Strikeforce, and according to an interview with TMZ.com, the deal is apparently dead.
"(The deal with Strikeforce is) done. We were (in negotiation with Strikeforce) but UFC bought them out, and never said anything to me about it. I'm disappointed."
"I was talking to a couple other federations but I really had my heart set on Strikeforce and I thought we had a deal. ... (The negotiation) didn't break down until they sold out.
"I just had no idea, nobody ever said anything, Scott Coker never said anything to me ... We had a deal on the table and we were just trying to fix a few things and the next thing I know we got bought out.
Unlike Brock Lesnar, whose path he doubtless hoped to follow, Batista was never a folkstyle wrestler, coming instead from a background in bodybuilding. Strikeforce officials declined to comment on the report.
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