Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is one of the biggest names in the wrestling world and his transition in to MMA would be seen very soon at UFC 203 would Punk overcome the doubters and win his debut with no prior experience?
Anyone who has followed WWE knows that CM Punk was a huge part of the organization bringing about Charisma everyone hopes to possess in the entertainment world. Many credit Punk to bring about the “shoot” era in wrestling, where once everything was hidden behind the curtains would now creep through it by the wrestlers and even commentators, but what’s important to understand is, even if Punk may seem like a guy who only looks out for himself, he was and still is a role model for many individuals around the world because of his straight edge lifestyle, inspiring others to follow in the drug free lifestyle.
Punk started his career as a backyard wrestler and slowly making his way to in independence scene around the country. Punk has always been a slim and lean guy and wasn’t ever concerned as a top guy in the wrestling world before making his mark. Even WWE was sceptical as “smaller guys” aren’t really on Vince Mcmahons mind to “push”, being persistent, talented and charismatic CM Punk is one of the longest reigning champions in WWE history.
Before Punks fight against Mickey Gall the UFC started a short series about Punks journey and transition into the world of MMA, in my opinion UFC made a smart business move with the series changing people’s perception towards his ability to get into the octagon.
The guy has been training hard there’s no doubt about that, but reports even came out that Punk was mostly losing his amateur sparring bouts in the gym and reportedly he only won one out of 16 sparring sessions.
Wrestlers are beginning to considering MMA especially the UFC as a new career path, Wrestling plays a huge role in MMA and wrestling can dominate their opponents on the mat, the biggest WWE transition of course is Brock Lesnar with Dave Bautista giving the sport a try as well.
Punk is determined to succeed and says that the bright lights and a huge crowd won’t one of Punks problems saying “I will not be a footnote”.
Mickey Gall is new to professional MMA but still has years of experience over Punk and a few professional fight wins under his belt and Punk has no experience and no wins professional even in the amateur MMA circuit.
So is it wise for CM punk to head into battle without ever firing a gun? We’ll just have to wait and see.
As far as the logical reasoning here is, it’s a great business decision and will potentially bring a good payday for the UFC, but if Punk loses that could be the end of his MMA career as the stakes are too high, but if he wins he could be lucky enough to get a title shot after a few bouts like Lesnar who knows.
Gall has a great opportunity, he could be known as the guy who beat CM Punk on his UFC debut.