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Is Punk Pretending?

brocklesnar1-800x450Phil Brooks, “CM Punk” has the rare opportunity to bridge the gap between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. Brock Lesnar was able to walk into the UFC, and leave a champion, but many critics are wondering if “Punk” will leave the cage under his own power. Fox has chronicled Brook’s transition into the very different sport, and has shown how far away his talents may be from any other competitor. Even though he has the luxury of training with such athletes as current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and “Showtime” Anthony Pettis, their greatness cannot simply rub off on him. “Punk” claims that he has grown leaps and bounds since the show was filmed, but that does not mean that he has a skill set that can compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

cmpunkwweWhat he is attempting to do, may be the most difficult task in all of competitive sports. His WWE ego was that of a Conor McGregor’s, but he doesn’t have a leg to stand on in MMA. Everything you are given has to be earned. Not only has he not earned a single thing in this sport, he is being unfairly criticized because of his participation in professional wrestling. Most MMA fighters have very little respect for athletes such as “Punk.” Conor McGregor recently stated that he could slap the whole promotion around, which sparked a lot of back-and-forth commentary from the two sport’s participants. The mountain that “CM Punk” is trying to climb has really never been attempted before.

ufc203punkgallLesnar at least had a very prestigious wrestling career to fall back on before getting involved in professional wrestling, and Brooks isn’t even well known for his athleticism in his own sport. He is a showman, who has sold himself with wit, and charisma. Those will do nothing to help him with his upcoming bout against Mickey Gall. Mickey Gall has been very impressive since bursting onto the MMA scene. After his first round submission victory over Mike Jackson, Gall took the microphone and screamed for the UFC to “feed” him CM Punk. He may only have a 2-0 record, but that means he has two more professional bouts than “CM Punk”.

I commend him for what he is about to attempt, but I can’t help but feel that Phil Brooks may have a very short-lived MMA career. I hope, for his sake, that he can last longer than the first round, but I do not think that will be very likely. If CM can go into the cage and at least put on a fight for the fans, he could instill some hope in the “everyday man” like he did during his career in the WWE. He isn’t the biggest, the most intimidating, or the most talented, but he is the closest thing we will ever see that resembles the common man in the UFC. This will be a great story, no matter the ending. It takes a very special man to step into the cage, knowing that he is severely overmatched in every aspect. I didn’t think I would, but I will be pulling for “Punk” in this fight. I wouldn’t call what he is doing pretending, but I do applaud his courage, and appreciate the entertainment that he has brought to this UFC card.

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