UFC announcer Joe Rogan has openly stated that Phillip Jack Brooks also known as CM Punk needs to fight in a small organization and from there build himself up all the way to the Octagon.
Rogan aired his opinion in his recent podcast with Bas Rutten, and recommends to the retired professional wrestler to take his skills outside of the UFC first. Rogan believes that “stardom” is not the answer for CM Punk to take in the world of mixed martial arts.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with that guy. I don’t understand this whole thing. Well, I also think it’s ridiculous for him to fight in the UFC. I think he should fight in a small organization. Take a fight in a small organization, build yourself up. I have always said that’s what should have happened with Brock Lesnar,” Rogan said.
For Lenar’s part, Rogan explained that the Canadian professional wrestler did fight a fight outside of UFC after beating Min Soo Kim, who was a replacement to Choi Hong-man, at K-1 Dynamite before he was signed by Dana White.
In the UFC, Lesnar would lose his debut fight to Frank Mir and then would later win the UFC heavyweight title over Randy Couture via technical knockout. He also defeated Shane Carwin to become the undisputed UFC heavy weight champion.
In CM Punck’s case, the former WWE star has not fought in any mixed martial art fights before signing with the UFC this month. He has yet to make a fight debut but all plans have been rescheduled as he went on a surgery last February 10 to repair a herniated disc in his back, a worsening injury from his WWE days.
But with a recovery period of four to six weeks, it will surely cause delay to his previously targeted summer debut. He still expects to fight at least once this year. At age 37, CM Punk has a background in kempo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was trained under Rener Gracie since 2012.
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