Last night, former WWE star CM Punk finally made the jump to MMA, taking on Mickey Gall on the main card of UFC 203. This jump did not go as the pro wrestler planned.
Seconds into the fight, he was effortlessly taken down by his young foe. From there, he was absolutely mauled on the mat, absorbing a hellacious storm of ground-and-pound and fighting off a long chain of submission attempts before ultimately tapping out to a tight, rear-naked choke.
Of course, that’s pretty much what everyone expected to happen. Though Punk’s cojones are commendable, we knew from the get-go that he’d enter his bout with Gall with a sizeable skill deficit in every aspect of the game.
In the hours after Punk’s failed MMA debut, MMAJunkie’s Chamatkar Sandhu spoke with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who apparently expressed his long-standing lack of faith in the wrestler’s mixed martial arts aspirations.
Joe Rogan called CM Punk's attempt to fight in the UFC dillusional. Says he should get some amateur fights.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 11, 2016
While the word “delusional” is perhaps a bit heavy handed, there’s little denying that Rogan is bang on in this instance. If Punk really wants to achieve success in the MMA arena, he’d be wise to collect some experience on the far less perilous amateur circuit, and work his way up from there. Then again, the pro wrestler is an undeniable cash cow for the UFC, and could well be given another shot with the organization as a result – even if UFC president Dana White is unsure about the WWE star’s future with the company. Maybe Mike Jackson wants another fight?
Would you like to see CM Punk back in the Octagon, or should the organization send him packing? Sound off, PENN nation!