Do you guys remember how Brock Lesnar took the UFC by storm and won the heavyweight championship by pulverizing Hall-of-Famer Randy Couture in only his fourth MMA fight ever? Well, pro-wrestling legend "The Honky Tonk Man" certainly doesn't. In a recent video rant, he questioned if CM Punk can make in the UFC since, in his opinion, Brock Lesnar failed to do so, too.
"Why in the world would this guy, who is at the top of the mountain, making more money than he's ever made anywhere -- came up the hard way, through the independents, Ring of Honor -- walk way and now wanting to be an MMA or UFC fighter? Where that comes from, I do not know. Will he make it in the UFC? I don't know. Listen, Brock Lesnar didn't make it in the UFC, where does CM Punk fit in? I don't see it. I really don't see it. The thing is this, and maybe he doesn't realize it; out of sight, out of mind. Off of WWE TV for, as were taping now August 2015, it's been almost a year. Will that fan base from WWE watch him? Maybe he will get a little bit of interest, but as far as tens of thousands of people tuning in to watch CM Punk's first fight, I do not see it happening. I don't see it, out of sight, out of mind. If he had went straight from WWE while he was still hot after leaving the company, then go straight in and fight right way, sure he would have had an impact. I don't see the impact now."
So Honky Tonk's advice to CM Punk would have been to step into the Octagon right away, without any preparation for mixed martial arts competition? Yeah, great idea Honky Tonk!
For those who are not really into professional wrestling: The Honky Tonk Man is considered to be one of the all-time greats in pro-wrestling and had his heydays during the 1980's and early 90's in the WWF (now known as WWE).
Phillip "CM Punk" Brooks was one of the biggest stars of the modern WWE era, but left the promotion last year and eventually signed a UFC contract. He currently preparing himself at Roufusports Academy in Milwaukee and targets his first fight in 2016.