When the 6X WWE world champion tried to make the switch to MMA…
‘Batista’, who spent several years in the WWE as a major draw, made his mixed martial arts debut.
The 43-year-old has made loads of money with the WWE, and he’s dabbled in acting, but mixed martial arts has been a passion of his for some time, and he followed through on a promise to try it out.
His performance got the job done, as he earned a first-round TKO win over Vince Lucero.
“I think my nerves got the best of me a little bit. He hits like a (expletive) horse,” Bautista said of his debut. “He rocked me. I couldn’t my legs under me for a while. I was just so nervous. It took me a little while too get my composure.”
WWE star turned MMA fighter, CM Punk had this to say:
“It’s definitely a bucket-list kind of thing,” he said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think it’s awesome, too. Dave just wanted the experience. He wanted to fight even if it was just one time.
It was something that he wanted to do. He loves it so he put his mind to it and did it, and I think that amazing. I don’t think anybody can criticize that. He has no delusions of grandeur. He’s not trying to get a big, fat UFC contract.
He’s not trying to coast on his name from the WWE. He’s just fighting because he wanted to experience it.
The haters, if you’re doing something right you’re going to get criticized. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of people who can do what Dave did, and those are the ones that are going to criticize him.
To me, those are the funniest ones. They say funny stuff. They make the funniest comments and they’re fun to laugh at.”