The MMA debut of former WWE superstar Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks has not gone as anticipated, thus far. For once thing, he announced he had signed with the UFC in 2014. For another, skill on the mic is a highly developed art, but Punk/Brooks has been, well, normal in interviews. He has been utterly devoid of the kind of bombastic talk that some actual fighters like Chael Sonnen borrowed enthusiastically from pro wrestling, and employed to great effect in the Octagon.
As expected, the MMA community has not embraced him en masse. There has been a great deal of skepticism that he did not follow the usual path in sports. First, you are supposed to get some skills in the sport, any sport, every sport. Then you compete in it, as an amateur. And then, if you are a top-flight amateur, you turn professional.
This was more a case of Fire, Aim, Ready. Still, some number of fighters have expressed that they are impressed with his devotion, note that his rolling skills are decent, etc.
There has been very little support voiced, however, by the pro wrestling community. Perhaps that is because WWE owner Vince McMahon is suing him. Perhaps it is because he left the field. Perhaps it is his controversial personality. Perhaps there is some thought that if he loses to a green MMA fighter, it will take some of the luster off the squared circle.
However, the great Mick Foley, who is currently the general manager for the WWE’s Raw brand, recently posted a positive message of support.
“Hey, Punk, it’s your old friend Mick Foley,” said Foley, as transcribed by Tim Burke by MMA Mania. “Just wanted to tell you that I’m rooting for you, a lot of people are rooting for you. A lot of people are rooting against you but I know you’re the type of guy that really enjoys proving people wrong. I know nothing is certain in life or in UFC, but if there’s one thing I would be on – it’s that win, lose or draw, you will leave absolutely everything you have out there in the Octagon. I’m proud of you, as I know you’re going to do great. Best of luck, buddy.”
“I know nothing is certain in life or in UFC, but if there’s one thing I would be on – it’s that win, lose or draw, you will leave absolutely everything you have out there in the Octagon. I’m proud of you, as I know you’re going to do great. Best of luck, buddy.”