Many high profile people have been weighing in on the recent UFC signing of former WWE World Champion CM Punk. Most have been delving out less than supportive opinions on CM Punk. In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Bill Goldberg gave a more positive outlook on the signing of the former WWE Superstar.
“I mean I think anybody can be successful if they take the proper route prior to stepping in that cage. I wanted to talk to Royce a lot about CM because I’m not going to pass judgment on anyone until I know 100%t of their background, until I watch what they’re doing. I want to see what his stand up is like.”
“You know I think it was a great PR move for the UFC. It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Pride fighting over the UFC hands down, because of the entertainment factor. At the end, I think the biggest difference between Pride and the UFC is the pageantry of Pride, the over the top pageantry of it; the ability to watch kind of like the ‘Street Fighter’ mentality of a very unique individual versus someone who’s completely the polar opposite of them.”
CM Punk’s signing has been met with polarizing reactions from both sides of the Professional Wrestling and MMA industry. Everyone from Seth Rollins, WWE CEO Vince McMahon, Nate Diaz and CM Punk’s trainer Duke Roufous have given their predictions on how the WWE star will perform in the UFC. For Goldberg, much of his admiration for the sport comes down to entertainment factor, which he believes Punk can provide.
“They still have match ups like the original UFC; Gracie and Akebono, you know Hong Man Choi and Jose Conseco. You know as ridiculous as those fights are, and as unprepared and unqualified as some of these people are, it’s huge entertainment. And if they’re willing to go in and do it, then I’m willing to pay for it. And I’ve been in the audience and I was in the commentating booth at two of those events and they’re unbelievable. I had a great time there, and you know the fans are wonderful. It’s just the pageantry. I guess it all boils down to, at the end of the day it’s the fact that you’re not watching two guys that are almost very similar to each other.”
“If you’re in MMA these days you’d be an absolute moron not to train equally in all disciplines, but for me that makes everybody look the same. So I honestly don’t enjoy it nearly as much as I used to, and it doesn’t even hold a candle to it. But at the same time – and I expressed this yesterday on the air somewhere – that doesn’t mean that I don’t respect or admire the ability of these new age fighters.”
Visit Submission Radio.com to listen to the full interview with the legendary Goldberg.