It is of no surprise to most of you that I’m a huge MMA fan. Just take a look at my Twitter feed during UFC fight night or my outrageous number of references in other posts and you’ll soon know how bat shit crazy I am about it. It takes true dedication to master several arts so you can become a complete fighter… no other athlete on the planet comes close. Well, maybe Olympic gymnasts.
So when I got an email from a reader asking what I think of Dave Batista joining MMA and whether or not he’s taken steroids… I just had to turn that into a post.
First up, let’s talk about the recent surprise – the fact that he’ll be joining Strikeforce and will now pursue an “MMA career”. Personally, I think this decision is completely fucking foolish. Just because MMA is a relatively new sport in the process of blowing the fuck up globally, every chump thinks they have what it takes. The harsh reality is that they don’t! Let’s take a look at the cold hard facts here – Batista is 41 years old, 290lbs and outside of recreational martial arts has no real fight background to stand on. You don’t start your fucking MMA career at 41… you end it. Now some might say that Batista can do it because he was a WWE super-star and that makes him athletic. I agree with that, and this might make the process of picking up Jiu-Jitsu a bit easier but still… you just cannot beat raw experience.
Although most UFC champs are seasoned veterans with lots of experience… there is one exception, Brock Lesnar. This guy was another WWE wrestler who came into the MMA game and just soared to the top. Personally I think it was bullshit how he got the title shot so quickly but it is what it is… Brock is the current heavyweight champ. So if one former WWE wrestler can do it, so can Batista, right?
ERR! Wrong. First of all, Brock is not only immensely more talented and athletic than Batisa, he also has a real armature wrestling background – and most critics would say that wrestling is the best background to being your MMA career in. On top of that, Brock is 33 while Batista is 41… and trust me, in the MMA game, 8 years makes a huge difference. If Brock keeps training till he’s 41, he’ll be an absolute monster and will probably retire as a Hall Of Famer.
So in short, when it comes to becoming an MMA superstar, Batista stands no chance. I hate sounding pessimistic, but reality is reality. At most, Strikeforce will use his WWE fame to draw a huge crowd for a short period of time but when it comes to making a “career” out of MMA? Ha! He needs to get a reality check. Actually, he might get one when he gets the shit beat outta him by a legit opponent.
MMA Athletes Get Tested
Which brings me to my next point – MMA athletes have to pee in a cup (drug testing for those that haven’t caught on yet). And do I think Batista took performance enhancing drugs? Uh… HELL YEAH! So how is he going to get around this? Obviously one way is time off. Being off drugs for a while and detoxing yourself will help but then you have to ask yourself, how much strength and muscle mass will he lose? Well my educated, professional guess is QUITE A BIT.
The WWE is one demanding ass environment. You have to look big, perform big and therefore recover faster than nature intended. You just cannot hope to keep this up naturally… a bit of “pharmaceutical” help is needed.
In the end though, the real world never seems to align with predictions or logic and everything I said might be absolutely bullshit. Critics and “experts” discuss and predict every MMA fight before they happen but they never go down the way you thought they would. The two strikers who were supposed to put on a stand-up battle somehow end up on the ground. The grappler who was supposed to make the kickboxer tap-out like a little bitch gets knocked the fuck out. MMA is just too unpredictable to accurately predict an outcome… which is why it is one of the worst sports to bet on.
I think it’ll be extremely interesting to see how Batista does in MMA. The cards are definitely not stacked in his favor as far as I’m concerned but you never know… plenty of men in the past have succeeded when no one thought they would. I’ll definitely be watching his first fight like hawk, you can bet on it!
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