Batista Article On SI Front Page, Talks Batista vs. Lashley

Matt Boone

Chris Waterkotte sent along the following:

An article on Dave Batista’s attempt to jump to MMA, and why it is a bad idea that will fail, is on the main page of, the official website of Sports Illustrated.

Below is an excerpt of the article, which briefly talks about a potential Batista vs. Bobby Lashley fight in Strikeforce, with comments from Strikeforce promoter Scott Coker:

"Still, [Scott] Coker claims that a non-scripted fight [in Strikeforce] between [Bobby] Lashley and Batista could be "a fun fight to watch." Fun for whom, and for what reasons, is what I’d like to know.

It’s not hard to see what Coker is after here. He wants his own [Brock] Lesnar. He wants a proven draw to siphon off some mainstream fans and generate a few headlines in the process. He wants Lesnar Lite.

But just because Batista and Lesnar share one former employer, it doesn’t mean they have much else in common as far as athletic ability. Sure, you’ve got to be mentally and physically tough to last in the WWE for as long as he did, but that doesn’t mean he’s only a few jiu-jitsu classes away from becoming a serious MMA fighter."

Check out the complete Batista article featured on the front page of

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