When Batista announced that he wanted to get into MMA. Many fans shook their heads in doubt. Since then Batista has been training hard, and it looks as if he really plans on doing it. One of the first names that popped in everyone’s head for him to face was Bobby Lashley.
Lashley did an interview with James Guttman, of WorldWrestlingInsanity.com. In the hour long interview they went over many things, but the most interesting things discussed came about when the topic of Batista came up.
Here are some of the highlights of the interview
Lashley on his thoughts of a Batista vs. Lashley bout: "I have to be honest. At first, I wouldn't even think that he would consider it. Then again, with fighting, you never know who's going to come over and do it. So when I heard Batista was training, I was like more power to him. Because a lot of these guys come in here and they have no experience either. But they take two jiu-jitsu classes, dye their hair blonde, and they're automatically stepping into the fight industry."
Lashley on fighting his friend in a match: "I'm completely open to fighting him. Friends or not, when you get in that cage and start throwing punches, the friendship goes out the window for a minute. Because I like Dave, but if we were to have a fight, we would have to close that cage door, forget about the friendship, and try to beat each other up. Then afterwards, we can shake hands and walk away."
Lashley on Batista’s 500,000 asking price, and if it’s a sign that he is looking for a short career in MMA: "Yeah. I think it's a measuring gage for him. Go out there and instead of taking these small fights and working his way up, figuring 'I'll go out there and do the bigger fights, the more important fights, the fight the fans want to see. And of course, if I'm fighting the fight the fans want to see, I'm going to want a little more money than if I'm fighting Joe Schmo. Why not go out there and do that fight? See how I feel and if I feel healthy, if I feel strong, then I can continue on with my career. But if I go out and things don't go the way I wanted, at least I have that big fight. I made a good amount of money and moved on.' I don't see anything wrong with that."
Bobby talks about the passing of "Umaga" Fatu: "Man, you know. When he passed, when I heard he passed, it was a numbing feeling, man. There were a lot of guys who passed from when I was with WWE. One is enough but there were several and when I found out it happened again…It was hard. It was hard. It was very hurtful. That guy, I'll tell you, was an incredible, incredible, incredible guy. Always in a good mood. Always had positive things to say. Always joking around.
"He was just like that big gentle giant, but at the same time, he was a big tough dude. We had so many memories of traveling around and just battling each other. Mexico. The whole feud. There are so many things I remember about that guy. Man, it's hard because when I think about him, it makes me sad that he's not here anymore. But by the same token, anytime I hear his name, it puts a smile on my face because of the person he was."