CM Punk: If I had my way I’d be on UFC Fight Pass

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Former WWE champion CM Punk decided he wanted to try his hand at mixed martial arts, and in very short order did a “Ready, FIRE, Aim.” He signed with the UFC and then started to train in MMA. His loss to Mickey Gall, an actual fighter with a brown belt in BJJ, was inevitable.

However, Phil Brooks took his beating and kept training. Now the UFC has matched him up with Legacy FC videographer and sometimes boxer and kickboxer Mike ‘The Truth’ Jackson at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago, Illinois. Jackson fought once before, vs. Mickey Gall, in the UFC.

Many fans were offended that Brooks earned $500,000 to show nothing, while Joe Lauzon got $62,000 to show, after winning a record-setting 15 performance bonuses and fighting for over a dozen years. However, a thing is worth what someone will pay for it, and a lot of fans paid to watch Brooks fight.

Now many of the same fans are upset that Brooks’ fight in June is on the main card. Punk agrees.

“If it was up to me, I’d be first fight on Fight Pass,” tweeted Punk to Hall of Famer Mark Coleman. “Don’t matter to me. Fans like to be outraged by stuff that doesn’t matter.”

Given his credentials, first fight on Fight Pass is an impossible reach for Brooks. However, mixed martial arts is not entirely a real sport. It’s a business. And a former WWE champ is good for business. Or maybe it’s not – will extra fans pay $60 to watch two 0-1 fighters flail around haplessly?

Main Card
Robert Whittaker (c) vs. Yoel Romero for middleweight belt
Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight title
Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem
Andrei Arlovski vs. Tai Tuivasa
CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson
Prelim Card
Megan Anderson vs. Holly Holm
Mirsad Bektic vs. Ricardo Lamas
Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
Bobby Green vs. Clay Guida
Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
Dan Ige vs. Mike Santiago
Rashad Coulter vs. Chris De La Rocha