Originally posted on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 7/14/12

Former WWE superstar David Batista (Pictured) will be making his long-awaited mixed martial arts debut October 6th against Rashid Evans – not to be confused with former UFC light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans, of course.

“I’m making my MMA debut oct 6th live on PPV check it! BOOOOM there’s the announcement. Sorry haters!” Batista tweeted early Friday morning.

According to TMZ.com, the 43-year-old Batista will officially enter the world of real fighting for the little known CES MMA League at the Duncan Doughnuts Theater in Providence, Rhode Island.

Evans will also be making his pro MMA debut that night. “Smash” posted a 1-2 mark in his amateur career.

Batista was planning to take his talents to Strikeforce back in June of 2010 to compete in a blockbuster bout against fellow former professional wrestler Bobby Lashley. However, that chatter quickly died after Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker sold his company to Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC.

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