UFC star Matt Brown criticizes former WWE star CM Punk

UFC star Matt Brown, who lost to Demian Maia during the preliminary card prior to UFC 198 last night in Brazil, spoke with The Fan Garage this week about former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks being scheduled to make his UFC debut later this summer against newcomer Mickey Gall.

Brown, an MMA veteran who has been with the UFC since 2008 sporting a 20-14 record, criticized the former WWE star for being granted a contract with the UFC before ever having any professional MMA fights. Punk is currently rehabbing from recent back surgery that postponed his planned debut.

“I didn’t criticize him for having his surgery if it was something necessary to do. I criticized him for the fact that he’s not a fighter. He doesn’t deserve to fight in the UFC with no fights. I don’t believe he deserves to fight in the UFC based off the name he made in pro-wrestling and I think he’ll figure it out when he fights in the UFC, he’ll figure it out the hard way. Or he can listen to me and that’ll be the easy way to learn.”

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  1. He meant to say that he doesn’t deserve to fight in the UFC without a fight in another promotion beforehand. It’s probably best not to do in-depth interviews with fighters immediately after a fight. Let his concussion heal up first.

  2. he’s right. at least lesnar was a ncaa wrestling champ and he showed that he could compete at that level with his background. punk on the other has no grappling or standup background and got in the ufc because of who he was in the wwe. that would be like a movie star starting as a qb for an nfl team with no football background and the only reason he got that starting qb job in the nfl was because of who he is

  3. I don’t care that much about MMA, but it’s always forgotten that while MMA is a sport, UFC is a business. If the ownership of UFC thinks CM Punk can make some money, then he belongs as much as anyone. As much as other fighters want him to earn it, the fact is, he deserves the contract because some one was willing to give it to him.

  4. My big question is how much of a Draw is CM punk to ufc. For instance if he is on the same card as McGregor does he increase the buys to ppvs at all ?

  5. He’ll bring wrestling fans that wouldn’t normally watch UFC. For instance, I’m going to be watching specifically for Punk; I’ve never watched a UFC PPV before. So he will increase the buyrates, not nearly as much as someone like McGregor will, but he does bring some revenue to the company that smaller names wouldn’t.

  6. Um, Randy Couture’s first ever MMA fight was in UFC. So was Chuck Liddell’s. And Royce Gracie’s. And Dan Severn’s. So were many other MMA great’s first matches. Now I’m not putting CM Punk in the same class as those all time greats but he has to start somewhere if he is serious about a career in MMA so why not start in UFC if they’re willing to let him. So don’t be jealous because it took you so long to be a roster filler in UFC Mr. Brown.

  7. Not quite the same thing. A pro wrestler is to a great degree a legitimate athlete even though wrestling itself may not quite be an actual sport. Most Hollywood actors have no professional athletic backgrounds.

  8. Gracie and Severn’s debuts were back in the late 90’s when UFC was still relatively new. There’s a significant difference between debuting back then and debuting now in UFC, particularly with there being several other MMA promotions out there. So I can see where Brown is coming from to a degree.

    With that said, UFC is a business (As someone mentioned above). The CM Punk brand is a draw just on the name alone. His name will likely spike PPV buys. So it’s a good business move by UFC to get him signed rather than letting the competition have him.

    Will he actually be able to fight? Will there be more to it than his name? Only time will tell.

  9. yeah it is mma is totally diff then pro wrestling pro wrestling is much more about acting then anything else you can have next to no in ring skills and get over hogan was a prime example of that. in mma if you have next to no martial art skills you wont last long…

  10. I’ve been in and out mma for 16 yrs won some lost more,, been hurt,, been out on addictions ,, incarcerated etc etc. That’s .in life….
    My thoughts on CM Punk making a debut in the UFC with no fights.. Right on dude good for you. He’s done it right in life and put himself in a great position to compete there. He’ll find out in the first minute if FIGHTING is what he wants or can do.


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