Ever since it was announced during Saturday night’s UFC 181 that CM Punk has signed with the UFC, everyone has been weighing in on how they think Punk will do in the octagon, and on Monday, UFC color commentator Joe Rogan weighed in on Punk joining the UFC on his podcast.
Rogan, who interviewed Punk at UFC 181, seemed somewhat indifferent to the Punk signing, saying that CM Punk will definitely bring in a lot of new fans to the UFC, but was unsure if he’ll be successful inside the octagon.
There are a lot of people comparing CM Punk to Brock Lesnar, due to the fact that they both came to the UFC from the WWE. Rogan addressed those comparisons.
“Well, it’s different than Brock Lesnar. Brock was an NCAA division 1 All-American, national champion, super stud wrestler. Undeniable stud wrestler, who would have been let in the UFC if he had zero experience in the WWE. But, then [Lesnar] came over as a superstar already, like CM Punk, but way more dangerous.”
Rogan admitted that he admires CM Punk’s guts to get inside the octagon, and put it all on-the-line in front of the world on pay-per-view.
“I don’t know what [CM Punk] is capable of doing, but the guy has the balls to get in there, at his high profile status, and fight on pay-per-view, or on FOX, or wherever the fight is going to be. It takes a lot of balls to do that, and he must have at least some understanding of what it takes.”
Towards the end of Rogan’s discussion about Punk, Rogan said that Punk could have signed with the UFC because he needs the money.
“It could be that [CM Punk] needs money. By needs money, I don’t mean that he’s broke, but what I mean is that he’s got a lot of money coming in. He’s used to this. He’s working for the WWE, I’m sure he makes a couple million bucks a year, that’s a lot of money, and when you start making a lot of money, you get used to having a lot of money. Then you say, ‘What are my options? Well, the UFC is interested in signing me.'”
WWE fans know that CM Punk is not desperate for money, as many of his friends have said publicly that Punk is very good with his money, and isn’t a big spender.
It’s obvious that CM Punk signed with the UFC because he wants to truly test himself against the best fighters in the world, but, the UFC probably offered him a big contract, which definitely made it easier for Punk to sign with the number one MMA organization in the world.
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