A lot of people are quick to brush off professional wrestling as fake, but the training and the physical strain these athletes go through to do what they do is very, very real. 

WWE wrestler Dave Bautista took the challenge of proving that pro wrestlers can hold their own in a real fight to the next level when he made the switch to MMA in 2011. And, despite some setbacks and Rashid Evans having to drop out as his first competitor, Bautista proved he could kick some ass when he knocked out Evans' replacement Vince Lucero in the first round on October 6. 

Check out our photo shoot with Bautista at Powerhouse Gym in Tampa, Florida, and pick up the new issue of Muscle & Fitness for our full interview, on newsstands now!