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REMINDER | Bautista to Make His MMA Debut with CES MMA Tonight! | MMA NEWS

Upon learning his original opponent is unable to fight, six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion David Bautista will now face Arizona veteran Vince Lucero next weekend in his long-awaited mixed martial arts debut Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

Even his own kids are in awe of the 6-foot-6, 265-pound giant known throughout the world for his death-defying moves inside the squared circle. “When I told them I was fighting Bautista, they didn’t say, ‘Good luck, dad!’ They asked, ‘Can you get his autograph?’” joked Lucero at Friday’s pre-fight weigh-in at the Providence Downtown Marriott Hotel. “The guy is a freakin’ monster, but how do you say no to this fight? This is what I’ll be remembered for, so I need to leave it all in the cage.

Two weeks ago, the Casa Grande, Ariz., native had no idea he was about to be thrust into the spotlight, but when Bautista’s original opponent, Rashid Evans, fell through, Lucero (20-22, 11 KOs) accepted the fight on short notice. He and Bautista will clash tomorrow night in Bautista’s long-awaited mixed martial arts debut at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the main event of “Real Pain,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group.

Lucero has faced elite competition throughout his career, former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, former UFC heavyweight contenders Justin Eilers, Christian Wellisch, Strikeforce veteran Ruben Villareal.

I’ve been in there with some prime UFC veterans. I’ve been around the world. I know what it takes,” Lucero said. “This is truly an honor. When they asked me to fight Sylvia, I had already retired. I had a full-time job, but I said, ‘Sure, why not?’ It was like facing Michael Jordan in basketball. You can’t say no to opportunities like this. I’m a fighter, so I fight.” The

The 43-year-old Bautista is a six-time WWE world champion, winning the World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. He also won the World Tag Team Championship three times and is the longest-reigning World Heavyweight Champion in WWE history. The former bodybuilder and wrestler is also one of the stars of the upcoming Quentin Tarantino motion picture The Man With The Iron Fists, which is scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 2.

“I’m doing this for my love and passion of MMA, not for personal reasons,” Bautista said. “I’m tired of talking about myself at this point, but I want to thank everyone who has supported me and supported this event.

Tickets are available at www.cesmma.com or www.ticketmaster.com and are priced at $20.00, $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00. The show will also air live on Direct TV Pay Per View for $29.95 ($39.95 in high definition) beginning at 8 p.m., or through Livestream via www.bautistamma.com in high definition.

For more on Bautista’s MMA debut click here.

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27 Comments to REMINDER | Bautista to Make His MMA Debut with CES MMA Tonight! | MMA NEWS

  1. 757 says:

    Who cares

  2. @757 You do.You cared enough to comment.

  3. Josiah Zerna says:

    WWE records doesn’t really mean a thing in MMA. they don’t count, im a batista fan when i was still fooled by the WWE action and still am because of his cool character but i should say, ‘batista, you’re in the real world now where your opponents attacks you with bad intentions.’

  4. Noway! says:

    He’s aware Josiah , even he admitts to being dropped by Bonnar during sparring sessions, hes ready, win or lose he’s ready.

  5. 757 says:

    First of all Dan the man what are you going to do ….idiot jump through the screen and beat me up? Stupid ass. Techno striker …your says it all so go drop your dick and pick up your hand control and go back to xbox. Like I said who gives a fuck

  6. Brah what says:

    + 4 Roids…..would love to see this guy get stomp out by a no name.but we all know this fight is a givin or even fix.im all in 10 grand!Lmfao

  7. Scream Zack says:

    they do give and fix fights.. but i dont think they will fix this fight. it will be like Kimbo Slice and Brock Lesnar… they either win or go home. Kimbos boxing wasnt enough, he went home rather quickly after a few fights.

  8. Tim Fricke says:

    Was what to be expected. He (Bautista) won by TKO. He looked out of his element for the first minute or so. Got rocked by a couple shots and looked like he was going to get knocked out. He looked hesitant to punch and was off balance. But, when he recovered from those shots, he shot in for a double leg. Got the rear mount, tried to get his leg hooks in but the guy was too big(Fat). Took a side mount and was raining down punches. His opponent again gave his back and Bautista just rained down punches until the ref stopped the bout. He said he was going to fight again. He said in his ring interview that he was really nervous and it got the best of him in the beginning. But he is looking forward for another fight.

    • B-rad says:

      That is how almost every wrestler/grappler looks in their first fight lol! I figured he would get a GnP stoppage, but i wanted him to get KO’d XD

  9. 757 says:

    WWE is real you idiots. F MMA. it’s all scripted!

    • NYKINGKILLA says:

      Stop talking 757 you pussy girl

      • 757 says:

        That is not me talking. That is someone using my name. This site is not secure and Dangerous….for example B RAD name and personal email keeping coming up in my comment screen…This site is not secure. I will not be commenting anymore on this site until BJ PENN.COM get’s it fixed. NYKINGKILLA you should stop commenting like your me right now. I am turning you in if I see it once more.

        • realist says:

          the b rad and email are in your computers cache someone used that name to log into s website from your computer

        • 757 says:

          Thanks but impossible….This site is not safe. That is no me saying some of that stuff. That is someone using my name. I don’t appreciate it.

  10. mmafan says:

    where can i see the fight?

  11. Derpy says:

    why the fuck are batista’s staged championships even mentioned in this terrible article. we all know its staged, so it really does not have any bearing whatsoever on the mma scene. really really bad article…

  12. Josiah Zerna says:

    batista wins by tko..not an impressive stoppage but almost there. i hope works harder on his standup..

  13. lol says:

    I think he deserves a shot a JDS title after that performance

    ……snigger

  14. Mr X says:

    The other fighter was so unfit, it’s definitely a no contest.

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