Dave Bautista wins MMA debut
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.
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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)