MMA: Ex-WWE Superstar Batista No Longer in Talks with Strikeforce

Dana BeckerContributor IIApril 25, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  Batista stands in the ring during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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The deal that brought Strikeforce under control by the Ultimate Fighting Championship potentially cost former WWE heavyweight champion Dave Batista a chance to compete inside the Octagon.

Batista stated that the merger between the UFC and Strikeforce led to his contract talks falling through the cracks, leaving the 42-year-old without a future at the moment.

While competing for Vince McMahon's WWE, Batista was a six-time world champion and a four-time tag team champ. The Washington, D.C. native was also the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble.

After departing the WWE in 2010 citing a disagreement with the direction the company was headed in, Batista commented in following interviews his desire to embark on a career in MMA.