Dave Bautista wins MMA debut
Dave Bautista, better known as Batista, battled Vince Lucero at CES 12’s “Real Pain” at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on Saturday night.
He got the victory, but he needs to improve.
In the defense of Bautista, at 265.5 pounds, he was clearly outsized by the 300-pound Lucero (22-22-1).
It showed for the first few minutes of the fight, as Bautista had little offense and took a few hits while against the fence.
Finally, though, Bautista, who admitted to having some debut butterflies, executed a double-leg takedown and finished Lucero with a series of punches in 4 minutes abd 5 seconds, in the first round.
Bautista said after the fight he’s “better than I showed.”
While he’s been training in Tampa with UFC fighter Stephan Bonner and will likely continue to do so, he’s not making a new career out of this. He’ll fight a few times, maybe get a decent opponent down the line and then be back in WWE for one more run.
CESMMA: Real Pain
Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Dave Bautista def. Vince Lucero via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05
Chandler Holderness def. Todd Chattelle via TKO (elbows) – Round 1, :27
David Loiseau def. Chris McNally via TKO (cut) – Round 1, 2:30
John Howard def. Brett Chism via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:31
Mike Campbell def. Gemiyale Adkins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Calvin Kattar def. Saul Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Luis Felix def. Marc Stevens via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tyler King def. Josh Diekmann via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-28)
Greg Rebello def. Chris Guillen via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1, 2:26
Brennan Ward def. Shedrick Goodridge via TKO (punches)- Round 1, 2:36
Andre Soukhamthath def. Rob Costa via TKO (cut) – Round 2, 4:44
Nate Andrews def. Leon Davis via submission (guillotine), Round 2, :29
Kevin Horowitz def. Tyson Chartier via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)