Tomorrow night in Cleveland, Ohio, former WWE champion CM Punk will make his highly anticipated UFC debut against the undefeated Mickey Gall.
Ahead of the fight, the MMA community seems to be split in regards to their opinion on Punk being given the fight. While some are happy that at 37-years old Punk will get to fulfill his goal of competing in an MMA fight, others believe that with a 0-0 amateur record, Punk has no business competing in the Octagon despite the fact that he has been training full time at Roufusport gym in Milwaukee.
Former UFC champion Frank Mir sides with those who believe that Punk has no business in the Octagon. He spoke on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast:
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“I’m gonna be honest, it pisses me off. I don’t like it. I’m trying to be impartial and not be a dick but the more we talk about this the more I’m getting angry at the situation because it’s bullsh*t. This is not a legitimate fight. This is not a legitimate UFC fight. We have these kind of fights in boxing … they have those celebrity matchups where it’s a name guy that shouldn’t be in there getting in there with somebody that has a novelty to it and people might turn it on for the novelty act behind it but you wouldn’t have it on the undercard of a Mayweather fight. They wouldn’t put those two together and the fact that we are putting that on there doesn’t sit well with me.
“We want to be in New York and we want to be legitimate and we want to be even with boxing and have that kind of credibility, and boxing wouldn’t do this. I mean, they do do this but they don’t put it on the same card with their championship fights.”