Batista Leaves WWE; Joins Strike Force MMA - June
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Betting On Mixed Martial Arts Signing - June 2010
Betting Interest Jumps With Batista - June 2010
Superstar Batista To Enter MMA World; Want A Bet?
by Greg Tingle - 22nd June 2010
news that more professional wrestlers aka "sports
entertainers" (term thanks to WWE owner Vince
McMahon) are set to enter the mixed martial arts world,
seems sports betting fans and wrestling fans will
have more more to get excited about. Enter Dave Batista,
whose next? Media Man and Gambling911 with this body
slamming, clothes liner, no taping report...
Lensar may have been the first former WWE superstar
to make his considerable mark on the MMA world (via
UFC) but he won't be the last. Enter Dave Batista,
fresh off a scripted loss to WWE's who Media Man spys
say is heading to StrikeForce...competitor of sorts
to the UFC.
and Media Man have been scouring the planet to see
who may take odds - bets on Batista's upcoming Strikeforce
debut, before year end we understand. Comon' PartyGaming
- PartyBets, Gamebookers, BetUS, Betfair, Centrebet,
Paddy Power and SBG Global.
Challenge To Sports Betting Companies!...
issue a public challenge to offer betting options
on Batista and other pro wrestlers going to the mixed
martial arts world!
Legend Ric Flair Speaks On UFC (MMA) And WWE Fans...
doesnt affect wrestling at all. Im not
saying wrestling fans dont watch MMA, but it
is two different audiences. My take on MMA is that
those guys are phenomenal athletes and extraordinarily
tough and committed but the people that are crazy
about them got nothing going on themselves. I actually
think most of the male public that is crazy for that
are living vicariously for something they can never
be. Wrestling is more entertainment-based. MMA is
what it is, those guys are out there trying to kill
each other. And the guys that are sitting at home
going "Wow" could never find that within
themselves on the first day of their life. When Lesnar
fights, I like watching Brock
and I recognize
a lot of names
youve got to have so much
respect for what those guys put themselves through
but it is a limited time frame [they've got]. Its
hard to develop a star in that business thats
going to have any longevity. In wrestling a guy that
develops a name for himself can do it fifteen years."
fans or anti fans. Does Flair's quote piss you off,
or do you like his tell it like it is attitude? Tell
us in the forum, and we can't wait for Hollywood's
crazed comedian nutter Tony Clifton, to offer his
2 cents worth again. Shame about what happened to
the late Andy Kaufman (former inter gender pro wrestling
champion of the world!!!). Trust us, Andy was not
the UFC type... ask Jerry 'The King' Lawler.
Nature Boy' has enjoyed previous Gambling911 coverage
thanks to his gambling and gaming entrepreneur exploits...
namely being former NC Education Lottery front man,
and the current man of the moment for the South Carolina
Lottery. Woooooo! as Flair would say.
Flair (front man for lotteries in the Carolina's region)
Nash (once upon a time known as Vinnie Vegas)
Hogan (face of The Hulk A Mania slot machine)
Pro Wrestling Stars Predicted By Media Man To Be Able
To Cut It In The MMA World...
Goldberg, mainly known only as Goldberg. Bill is also
a motorsport enthusiast, enjoying BullRun, monster
trucks and Harley-Davidson bikes.
Inoki (but just for 1 or 2 matches, due to his age)
Details full credit Wikipedia
June 26, 1976 Antonio Inoki had a scheduled match
in Tokyo with Muhammad Ali. Inoki initially promised
Ali a worked match to get him to fight in Japan, but
when the deal materialized Ali's camp feared that
Inoki would turn the fight into a shoot, which many
believe was Inoki's intention. Ali visited a professional
wrestling match involving Inoki and witnessed Inoki's
grappling ability. The rules of the match were announced
several months in advance. Two days before the match,
however, several new rules were added which severely
limited the moves that each man could perform. A rule
change that had a major outcome on this match was
that Inoki could only throw a kick if one of his knees
was on the ground. In the match, Ali landed a total
of six punches to Inoki, and Inoki kept to his back
in a defensive position almost the full duration of
the match of 15 rounds, hitting Ali with a low kick
repeatedly. The bout ended in a draw, 3-3. Ali left
without a press conference and suffered damage to
his legs as a result of Inoki's repeated leg kicks.
Backlund (as above)
Gene LeBell, actually, better to pass... Gene is 77
years of age.
Layfield aka Bradshaw (a low level match, as Bradshaw
is a brawler and had a gorgeous and intelligent wife
who likely wouldn't risk anything else)
Wrestlers Who Won't Be Going To MMA This Lifetime...
Cena, Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Rey Mysterio Jr,
(Dylan Postl aka Little Bastard is a midget wrestler
and character. Say so more).
McMahon (too old and busy running WWE), Hulk Hogan
(who Flair has gone on record with... "Hogan
is in constant pain").
Austin aka 'Stone Cold' (Austin has had many injuries
and the closest you will see him in MMA is in action
movie 'Damage', in a cage match!)
Of Wrestling Stars In MMA...
Toombs (son of legendary wrestler and pop icon, "Rowdy"
Roddy Piper). As a teenager Roddy won a Golden Gloves
boxing championship and was also awarded a karate
black belt by Gene LeBell.
Pro Wrestlers Who Were Once Successful In UFC...
"The Beast' Severn and Ken Shamrock
Old Or Dead...
Funk, legit legend and tough guy brawler, still with
us, bless the lord
"The King" Lawler, as above
Brody - Frank Donald Goodish - dead - a fight - self
defense or murdered in the locker room of a Bayamón
- San Juan, Puerto Rico locker room at the hands of
Jose Huertas Gonzalez, AKA Invader I. Brody reminds
fans of David 'Tank' Abbott, the fighter who achieved
fame in the UFC early years.
Gotch - Karl Istaz (August 3, 1924 - July 28, 2007)
was a professional wrestler and trainer born in Hamburg,
Germany, best known by his ring name Karl Gotch. The
German suplex is named after Gotch. Gotch had a behind-the-scenes
feud with "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, starting
when Gotch asked for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight
Championship. Rogers wanted to avoid getting into
the ring with a wrestler he feared would 'shoot' on
him and legitimately "steal" his championship.
This led to a locker room fist fight between the two,
ending when Gotch broke Rogers' hand; incapacitating
Rogers for several weeks. These events only served
to alienate Gotch from the American promoters, who
already felt there was no place for his style in the
world of American pro wrestling!
WWE NXT former Superstar Bryan Danielson's chances
of competing in UFC? "Slim and none, or about
1 million to one", whispered a Media Man insider.
Vince McMahon, no, hardly any of your guys will leave
WWE for MMA as they just don't have the skills or
the desire to fight in a no holds barred environment,
so no need to worry. Pro wrestling ain't MMA, and
god knows many MMA fighters would boar pro wrestling
audiences to death. If WWE can ever get Lesnar back,
even for 1 match or as a special ref or something,
they would do well. Shane McMahon met with UFC top
brass Dana White last year, but what's his status
now? Punters, tell us what you know in the forum.
President Dana White On Potentially Signing Bobby
Lashley (December 2008)...
don't know how many people can cross over and do what
Lesnar has done. I don't think there's very many out
Status Of Bobby Lashley: In Strikeforce
is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing
organization based in San Jose, California. It is
headed by CEO Scott Coker and owned by Silicon Valley
Sports and Entertainment, operators of the HP Pavilion
and the San Jose Sharks. Its live events and fights
are currently shown on Showtime in the US and on Super
Channel in Canada. The promotion debuted on CBS on
November 7, 2009 with Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers.
Lesnar VS Frank Mir expected to break a number of
records including ticketing, PPV media buys and sports
betting. The upcoming fight is expected to to the
the stuff of legend. Tune in to UFC 116 on July 3,
2010. The match up is to be held at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.
Carwin, who won the interim heavyweight championship
by defeating Frank Mir at UFC 111, will face current
heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The two were originally
set to face each other at UFC 106, before Shane Carwin
won the interim heavyweight championship, but Brock
Lesnar pulled out of the fight due to an illness that
kept him from training.
Prez Dana White went on record that the promotion
plans to make a down under Australia tour and annual
occurrence, due to the massive success of UFC 110
Man thinks that either James Packer 50% owned Betfair
or competitor, Centrebet, would do well to become
an official sponsor of UFC, even if only for the Australian
- Asia Pacific region.
keenly await a reply from sports betting companies
on odds re pro wrestlers entering the mixed martial
arts world, be it UFC, Strikeforce or other.
readers, don't hold back in the world famous Gambling911
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development company. They also publish Australian
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Man is the former manager and agent for Australian
MMA fighter Mick Cutajar
Man has online b2b agreements with the WWE Shop and
UFC Shop. Media Man has nothing but respect for the
awesome athletes in the WWE, UFC and other martial
arts companies. The above article is a tongue in cheek
number, intended to both educate and entertain. The
disclaimers are there for the haters in the forum,
and for those who hate a. WWE b. UFC and other MMA
c. The writer!
Michael Bautista, Jr. (born January 18, 1969), better
known as Dave Batista or by the ring name Batista,
is an American professional wrestler. Batista is currently
signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), wrestling
on its SmackDown! brand.
is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and the
winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
is a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and the
winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match.
is of Filipino and Greek heritage. His year of birth
was disputed for several years. His website originally
listed him as being born in 1969, while several contradictory
news reports claimed that he was actually born in
1966. In March 2006, Batista stated in an interview
that he was born in 1969. He confirms the same in
his autobiography "Batista Unleashed".
began his WWE career on the May 9, 2002 episode of
SmackDown! as Deacon Bautista, a heel enforcer for
Reverend D-Von on the SmackDown! franchise. Batista
made his WWE in-ring debut in a tag match teaming
with D-Von against Randy Orton and Faarooq with Batista
pinning Orton after using his spinebuster. Over several
weeks, Orton tried to beat D-Von and Bautista with
different partners, but ultimately lost each time
to Bautista's spinebuster. Bautista suffered his first
loss in a match against Rikishi after D-Von accidentally
struck him with a punch, allowing Rikishi to take
advantage and pin Bautista for the win. Bautista and
D-Von started to argue over the forthcoming weeks,
with Bautista eventually turning on D-Von. After splitting
with D-Von, he signed with RAW and was re-branded
as Dave Batista (or simply Batista). He aligned himself
with Ric Flair and feuded with Kane, whom he defeated
in his pay-per-view debut at Armageddon 2002.
father, David Michael Bautista, is Filipino and his
mother, Donna Raye Bautista, a lesbian, is Greek.
His grandparents were also from the Philippines as
his grandfather served in the military, worked as
a taxi driver, barber, and other odd jobs to feed
the family. Batista says he is not ashamed to admit
he came from a poor family. He has publicly admitted
to having a hard life where, as before he was age
nine, three murders occurred at his front lawn. As
young as age 13, he was stealing automobiles. By age
17, Batista was considered estranged from his parents
and on his own, despite admitting later that "I
am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working
folks. They taught me the values of working hard."
Batista became a regular bouncer for clubs until he
was arrested after a fight that left two badly injured
patrons, one of which could be found lying in the
street. After a trial, Batista was sentenced to a
years' probation. Batista was also a lifeguard before
he had dreams of becoming a bodybuilder. He credits
bodybuilding as possibly saving his life.
was married to a woman named Glenda in the early 1990s
and had two daughters with her, Keilani (born in 1990)
and Athena (born in 1992) before divorcing. Batista
married his second wife Angie on October 13, 1998,
however they divorced in 2006. Before the age of 40,
Batista had already become a grandfather of two grandsons:
Jacob & Aiden by Keilani, his first daughter.
During his marriage with Angie, Batista became an
avid collector of vintage metal lunchboxes. He admits
his favorite is the 1967 Green Hornet lunch box, as
it has Bruce Lee on it. This collection started when
he bought Angie an ET lunchbox and she did not want
to break it, so he bought a second one. Batista revealed
that he and Angie were separated in the August 2006
edition of WWE Magazine. He later revealed, in his
autobiography, a relationship with WWE Diva Melina
after the divorce from his wife in 2006, which led
to a brief angle on SmackDown! during a feud with
MNM. Shortly after, he dated 2006 Diva Search contestant
Rebecca DiPietro before resuming a relationship with
October 16, 2007 his autobiography "Batista Unleashed",
a WWE Book, was released. In an interview about the
book, Batista claims "I didn't want to tell my
story unless it was honest," and that "you
have to go through three sets of lawyers: Simon &
Schuster lawyers, WWE lawyers, my lawyers. Everything
now being the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest
thing." One source of controversy was the mentioning
of Chris Benoit, who was almost completely removed
due to controversy. Batista responded saying "I
loved the guy. I despise what he did, but that doesn't
erase him from my life. I fought to keep him in there
and glad they did." When asked about his ex-wife,
Angie, he says "[we] have really become close
again, which we really haven't been in years. I really
learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about
me from reading the book. She actually saw things
from a different perspective from reading the book.
So that was definitely therapeutic."
has numerous tattoos, including a large Chinese dragon
on his back, red Kanji lettering on his upper left
biceps which says "Angel" in tribute to
his former wife Angie, a signature design on his upper
right biceps, and a small Sun on his stomach which
encircles his belly button. He recently added a tattoo
on his arm of the flags of the Philippines and Greece
merged into one.
addition to wrestling, Bautista has been in several
commercials and on several magazine covers. He was
shown breakdancing in a commercial promoting WWE SummerSlam
2004 where he did his take on a "floor routine",
a routine that arguably mocked the floor routines
shown at the Olympic Games. He was also on the cover
of the April 2005 Flex Magazine.
Bautista has acted and has guest starred in several
television shows as both himself and in-character
as Batista. He guest starred in the eighth episode
of Season 6 of the American drama, action/adventure
television series Smallville; he plays an extraterrestrial
alien named Aldar that escaped from the Phantom Zone,
who sucks the bones out of people for nourishment.
Along with John Cena and Ashley Massaro, Bautista
appeared representing WWE on an episode of Extreme
Makeover: Home Edition in January 2007, giving the
kids of the family whose house was renovated WWE merchandise
and eight tickets to WrestleMania 23.
November 5, 2007, he appeared on an episode of Family
Feud with several other WWE superstars (Credit: