Joe Rogan: CM Punk Doesn’t Have the Talent to Fight in MMA

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After losing his second professional mixed martial arts fight,
Phil
Brooks
’ time in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship
has likely come to an end.

It was an unlikely odyssey for Brooks, better known as CM Punk, in
the first place, who like former UFC heavyweight champion Brock
Lesnar
, came from the world of WWE and professional
wrestling.

However, unlike Lesnar, Punk fought at welterweight, not as a
hulking 265-pound athletic and genetic freak. The former WWE
superstar just didn’t share Lesnar’s physical tools and talent,
which made Punk’s transition to MMA all the more difficult.

That lack of physical talent wasn’t lost on UFC color commentator
Joe Rogan, who called Punk’s last fight at
UFC 225
. Punk was soundly beaten in front of his native Chicago
crowd by Mike
Jackson
, whose own performance drew the ire of UFC President
Dana
White
. The end result was an ugly opening to an otherwise
decent pay-per-view, and Rogan wasn’t afraid to be real about
Punk’s MMA skills and ability (or lack thereof) on a post-fight
episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast:

“He’s a very nice guy and he’s a hard worker, but he does not have
athletic talent. He’s missing… he’s a showman, and when he was in
the WWE, he was allowed to say, ‘I am the fu*king man!’ And throw
his hand up in the air and say he is the man, and they had it
scripted so that he was the man.”

“He doesn’t have the ability to move his body right,” he added.
“There’s a lot of guys you can take out there, track and field
guys, football players and you can get them to fight better than
him in a couple of weeks easily because they are athletes.” “They’d
understand how to shift their weight and throw a punch. He doesn’t
have any talent, is all it is, he doesn’t have physical talent for
whatever reason. Whether it’s his approach, his intensity. It’s not
his coaching, it’s Duke-fu*king-Roufus.”

Punk’s first MMA fight was on the main card of UFC 203 back in
2016, where he was submitted in the first round in an uncompetitive
bout against Mickey
Gall
. The former WWE star told the press that he intended on
fighting again despite the results of his first professional fight,
and went back to the drawing board. In those two years since his
first and second contest, there hasn’t been any noticeable progress
in his game. Punk winged looping punches, only to get countered
nearly every time he tried to close the distance against
Jackson.

Rogan also agreed with White, who excoriated Jackson at the
post-fight press conference for his lackadaisical and uninterested
demeanor throughout the 15-minute beat down. White said “The Truth”
could have easily finished Punk multiple times throughout the
fight, but looked like he was holding back for whatever reason:

“If Mike Jackson went out there and just starched CM Punk with a
right hand and a left hook combination and that was the end of it,
they would say ‘well, CM Punk, you gave it a shot, that’s it, it’s
over. Mike, who’d you like to fight next?’ Now, it’s like ‘No,
you’re not even fighting in the UFC anymore because you should’ve
stopped him.’

“He tickled him. He fu*king tickled him during the fight.”

Jackson says he didn’t want to give the former professional
wrestler brain damage, which explains the prolonged beating. The
official judges’ scorecards were 30-26 all around, which translates
to a very uncompetitive fight.

If this was Punk’s last fight, which it likely will be, his effort
was admirable and profitable, at least the first time around. Early
numbers for the PPV buy-rate of UFC 225 showed an abysmal amount of
less than 150,000, so maybe the Punk circus has finally lost its
appeal.

Nowadays, the UFC seems to be looking to draw more from the NFL’s
talent pool than the WWE…

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