TMZ reports that former WWE Champion Batista is opening a mixed martial arts training facility in Tampa, Florida.
The gym is currently open to “close martial artist friends,” but Batista plans to open the gym to the public next week.
The training faclity is called Gracie Fighter Jiu Jitsu and Batista is tag teaming with mixed martial arts trainer Cesar Gracie in the endeavor. The two became close last year while he was pursuing a career in mixed martial arts.
Batista said in Aprl he was negotiating with Strikeforce for his first fight, but that deal fell through after the company was bought out by the UFC.