— Dave Batista took part in two-day training camp with Cesar Gracie last week in California, which was organized by Strikeforce. He worked out with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields and rolled with welterweight champion Nick Diaz at the Cesar Gracie gym in Lodi. “He’s got a lot to learn but his strength alone is impressive,” Gracie told Sherdog. “Obviously he’s a beginner at jiu-jitsu but we can take a guy like that that’s already a strong athlete like that and teach him what to not get caught in.”
When asked when he thinks the former wrestling champion would be ready for a pro fight, Gracie said it would depend on who his opponent is. “You’re talking about a guy who is very powerful, very strong and an extremely hard worker, and if he can put it all together he could be a very formidable force,” he said. “And he’s at the right camp for that? Our camp is known for bringing people with nothing and making them into something. We like to make champs.”
— Tomko is recovering from an ankle injury, which is why he has not been used lately. I can also report that he’s moved residences. His mother also passed away several weeks ago so it’s been a rough time for him.
— TNA tapes iMPACT! tonight and tomorrow at the Impact Zone in Orlando, FL.
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