Many people have criticized the UFC recently for their signing of former WWE champion CM Punk, real name Phil Brooks.
With zero amateur MMA experience, or collegiate wrestling experience, many are questioning the legitimacy of Brooks future MMA career.
MMA veteran Ken Shamrock sounded off on the recent signing of Brooks with a surprising view.
“I think it’s great, I mean especially if he’s got the ability. He sounds like he’s got a great wrestling background, a really good wrestling background, and a guy like that – don’t give him a guy that’s a top 10 fighter. That’s not fair, but if they’ll give him a guy that’s got 1-0 as a pro, or 1-1 as a pro, and start him out right like they should have done with Brock Lesnar – They should have probably gotten him [Lesnar] guys that didn’t have 15 fights, and that weren’t an ex-world champion for him to fight on his first, or second, or third fight – and groom this guy. I think it’s tremendous. I mean a lot of guys are complaining “why is he in there?” this and that. Listen, I wouldn’t be complaining about why he’s in there, I’d be fighting my tail off to get on the undercard or to fight him. So some of these guys that are complaining out there, it’s like you guys are really not looking at the big picture here. It’s about dollars and cents! If he can put people in the seats and build this business to a bigger model, and be able to put more money into your pockets on the card, why are you getting mad about that? You should be wanting to be on that card. So I think it’s a great move on the UFC’s part and we will see if it’s a great move on his part.”
– via Submission Radio