It appears that the UFC has scheduled CM Punk for a fan Q&A on Friday, January 2, one day before what is sure to be the biggest UFC event of the year, UFC 182.
In case you missed it, CM Punk finally announced his training camp just a few days ago, as he’ll be training at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, just 90 minutes away from Punk’s home in Chicago, Illinois. So, at least he’ll be going into this UFC fan Q&A with some news about his UFC career.
Several weeks ago CM Punk went on a media tour, promoting the fact that he had signed with the UFC. The tour didn’t go all that well, as most of the interviewers only asked Punk WWE questions, which clearly annoyed Punk. Furthermore, some of the interviewers even mocked CM Punk signing with the UFC, and made jokes about his first opponent being someone like Justin Bieber.
During the media tour, CM Punk had a heated exchange with TSN’s Off The Record host Michael Landsberg, after Landsberg asked Punk if he was getting annoyed at his questions. Punk then said that he was there to talk about the UFC, then Landsberg responded by telling Punk “You’re not a UFC fighter.”
The fan reaction to the UFC signing CM Punk has been 50-50 at best. Most of the hardcore MMA fans hate this signing, and feel that it’s not right that a “fake wrestler” can get a main event spot just based on his name. While those fans do have somewhat of a point, the UFC signing Punk is a brilliant business move, and it’s a business move that the UFC really needed to make as their pay-per-view numbers have fallen over the past year.
Having CM Punk answer questions from the UFC fans may not be the best idea the UFC has ever come up with, as the fans could either mock CM Punk joining the UFC, or just ask him wrestling questions, which are both things that Punk probably wants to avoid. It’s possible that the UFC could put UFC president Dana White onstage with Punk to field some questions as well to circumvent the potential issue.
Other than announcing where he’s going to be training, CM Punk hasn’t broken any news on when he’ll be fighting (or who he’ll be fighting), and because he has no previous MMA fights, the fans will likely just ask him WWE questions, which could get ugly really fast.
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