Former WWE World Heavyweight champion Batista continues to hint to signing a MMA contract, even suggesting it will happen early next year. Strikerforce’s Scott Coker told Dave Meltzer that they are in the “home stretch” in terms of contract negotiations, and appear to be close on financial terms. Meltzer has stated that Batista told him he wants a three fight deal, in which Batista would face a lower tier fighter in his first fight, Bobby Lashley in his second fight, and then in his last fight face a top MMA heavyweight.