Over the last few years, we have seen a few professional wrestlers take their talents to mixed martial arts. Brock Lesnar, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, is the most notable as he is also a former UFC Heavyweight Champion. Others like Dave Batista, Bobby Lashley, and even Bill Goldberg have tried their hand at MMA. Now, Phillip Brooks, AKA CM Punk, is the next to try his hand in the Octagon.
According to Fox Sports, Paul Heyman, former owner of the controversial Extreme Championship Wrestling and current advocate of Lesnar in the WWE, told Stone Cold Steve Austin on a recent episode of the Steve Austin Show podcast, that Punk is certainly up to the challenge of the UFC.
Punk signed a contract to compete for UFC late last year, despite not having a single bout in the sport.
Don’t let Punk’s size and lack of experience fool you. Punk is a former five-time world champion in WWE, but also has a background in MMA. He has trained extensively with the legendary Gracie family, has some Muay Thai training and claims to have a background in Kempo kickboxing.
Punk has taken a lot of flack since leaving the WWE back in January of 2014 and then signing a contract with UFC. He claimed in a controversial episode of “The Art of Wrestling”, a podcast hosted by Punk’s longtime friend Colt Cabana, that he left WWE due to unsafe working conditions. A lot of people criticized Punk for his involvement with UFC, saying that he was doing it for the money.
Heyman defended his friend and former “client” on the Steve Austin Show.
“I don’t think money is the motivating factor in CM Punk’s life whatsoever. I think it’s the challenge to do this. This is something he’s been eyeballing since he was a kid and I think he looks back and he probably regrets not getting into it five or six years earlier, but this was the time to pull the trigger on it,” Heyman said.
Punk, or Brooks whatever he likes to be called now, hopes to make his debut near the end of 2015 or at the beginning of 2016. I, for one, was a huge fan of Punk’s in WWE and I wish him all the best. I also hope that the rumors of him and Jason David Frank, the green Power Ranger, fighting in Punk’s debut are true.
What are your thoughts? Will Punk be as big of a success as Lesnar or will he get knocked out and sent home packing with his tail between his legs? Let us know in the comments!
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