"They have the desire to fight in MMA and we’re trying to put together a deal that makes sense. Is [Batista] signed right now? No. But is he somebody we’d like to see in the cage in the future fighting for Strikeforce? It’s a possibility. Just like we did with Herschel (Walker), we’d have to put him into a gym. It doesn’t matter what gym, as long as it’s a reputable mixed martial arts academy. He has to go in there and train because if he didn’t, we’d probably have a short relationship. [Batista vs. Bobby Lashley] would just be a fun fight to watch. We’re not the guys that are putting all the circus fights on but in all fairness, look at Brock Lesnar. He made the crossover. Why not Batista?"
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker is not opposed to giving former WWE attraction Dave Bautista (Batista) an opportunity to prove that he can successfully transition from pro wrestler to pro fighter much like his former stablemates Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley. The 41-year-old "Animal" has been flirting with the San Jose based MMA promotion following their June 16 trip to Los Angeles but as of yet, no agreement has been reached. Can Strikeforce come under fire for putting on "freak shows" in light of James Toney's UFC 118 pay-per-view? Or does it cast MMA in a bad light to sign every wannabe fighter who has a smidgen of celebrity status?