Phil Brooks, more famously known as CM Punk, had an unsuccessful mixed martial arts debut at UFC 203 wherein he got submitted by Mickey Gall in the first round. According to the latest rumors, former WWE superstar Ryback also wants to try his hands on MMA and he is interested in signing with Bellator.
CM Punk had two years of training but he still got dominated by his opponent with UFC president Dana White thinking that his next fight should not be in his company. On the other hand, Ryback was recently released by the WWE after months of dispute about his contract.
According to Dave Meltzer of MMA Fighting, Ryback, who legally changed his name to Ryback Reeves, is interested in signing a deal with Bellator. It is noted that the 34-year-old former wrestler had talks with Bellator CEO Scott Coker but no deal was made.
Ryback and CM Punk have been intertwined in the later parts of their WWE careers with Punk taking shots at The Big Guy for being careless in the ring. Many fans are now interested in seeing these two fight each other
However, MMA has weight classes unlike with the WWE wherein small guys like CM Punk can defeat a huge guy like Ryback. The 37-year-old former WWE champ is currently at 170 lbs. while Ryback is surely a heavyweight.
If ever Ryback jumps into the world of MMA, he would not be the first wrestler to do it. Superstars such as Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, and Alberto Del Rio had good MMA records but they have a real amateur wrestling background.
The Big Guy has to take a look at CM Punk and think that he got destroyed in his MMA debut. Just like his adversary, Ryback has no MMA background and there is a big chance that he’ll end up getting beat up. Nevertheless, you have got to admire him for trying something new.
Photo Courtesy: Miguel Discart/Flickr