WWE Hall of Famer and hardcore legend, Mick Foley, took to his facebook page to address the many fans that asked him for his opinion on CM Punk joining the UFC. Mick had this to say:
“A BOLD CHOICE FOR PUNK
I’ve been asked quite a bit over the past several days for my opinion on CM Punk’s decision to sign with UFC. I applaud it. While I have no idea how Punk will fare with top level MMA competitors, I do know that no one will out-train him or out-work him, and that, whether he wins or loses, succeeds or fails, he’s likely to be responsible for a few incredible PPV buy-rates – which had been a cause of concern for him since the dawning of the #WWENetwork…which, last time I checked was only $9.99 a month.”
In an interview with The Big Lead, former WWE ring announcer Jim Ross compared WWE President Vince McMahon to UFC President Dana White. This is what good ole’ JR had to say:
“I look at both Dana and Vince as smart businessmen. Are they alpha males? You’re damn right. Have I always agreed with everything McMahon wanted me to do or all of his basic philosophies? Not every one of them, no. He’s a very strong alpha male, and I broke into the business with one that is even stronger in his presence than Vince ever was — Bill Watts — so that’s how I thought the business was just always gonna be.
“I think Dana’s a smart businessman, and the Punk signing was money from the get-go. As we speak, Punk is going through the ESPN car wash. That’s a nice get for UFC. The reason he’s on there is the same reason everyone is gonna buy his first PPV — he has global name identity. Where did he earn that? WWE. Where did he earn the money to live the lifestyle and be able to establish himself for independent ventures? Same as me — WWE.
“… I don’t know Dana as well as Vince, obviously, but both of them are smart businessmen and both of them would not want to miss the opportunity — if they could help it — to have a player on the roster that’s gonna make them money. Punk would make WWE money in any environment they put him in, and I think Dana sees that Punk’s got a great loyal fan following, he’s social media active, he’s the new kid on the block, and he can talk up the fight in a productive way. WWE fans will watch the PPV out of curiosity and hope that he wins. Die-hard MMA fans may not appreciate his intrusion into this land, being on PPV right away, and getting other special treatment, but they’ll tune in hoping he gets his ass whipped.”