Following his first wrestling related signing in nearly four years selling out in under a minute, UFC fighter CM Punk may have been brought back down to earth after Joe Rogan claimed he should be on an amateur card and not UFC 225.
Punk, who fights Mike Jackson in the first fight of June 9th’s pay per view in Chicago, had his first pro fight in the UFC in 2016, and took a first round loss to Mickey Gall.
Rogan told Robin Black that “(Punk)’s now fighting a fighter who’s commensurate in talent and there’s nothing wrong with being a beginner in martial arts, but there’s something wrong with thinking you can be a beginner and fight Mickey Gall.”
“It was a foolish venture. My approach to it was this is going to be a very good lesson for people who are fans of positive thinking and they think that’s enough. That s–t is not enough. If you weigh 110 pounds, you can positive think your way to the bank, Francis Ngannou’s still going to punch your brains out. There’s just no way around it.”
Rogan would go on to say that the fight “shouldn’t even be on the ‘Tuesday Night Contender’ show. It should be in some amateur event somewhere.”
“That’s really what they are. They’re guys learning how to compete. They’re in the first fight on the pay-per-view. That’s f–king crazy.”
With Punk possibly returning to pro wrestling at September’s All-In event funded by his friend Cody Rhodes, this may be the make or break opportunity for the former WWE champion inside the Octagon.
Quotes via: Bloody Elbow