There are those that love the idea of former WWE champion Phil “CM Punk” Brooks signing with the UFC, even before he has a single fight to his resume, while others hate the idea.
Count UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones as one of the others… mostly.
“I think it’s an awesome thing for the sport, it’s going to bring a lot of publicity,” Jones said during an interview on Monday’s Chad Dukes Versus the World radio show. “I went to my first WWE match this year and the enthusiasm and emotion on the fans faces, it was like they were watching real fighting in the UFC.
“At the same time it would be a bad thing only because every day I’m at the gym watching these kids training. These guys have no money and they’re training their tails off, giving up everything to be a fighter.”
That is something Punk won’t have to do. He may have to move his family to wherever he decides to call his fight camp home, but his success in professional wrestling affords him the finances to do so.
Punk’s contract with the UFC is also sure to be much more lucrative than the usual debuting fighter, and certainly much more lucrative than a fighter with no prior MMA experience since such a fighter wouldn’t even be starting in the Octagon.
But that is something Jones doesn’t like, as he trains alongside fighters that are scrapping every day just to make it to the gym and try to earn a birth into the UFC.
“(These guys are) living in the gym, eating turkey and peanut butter, bare minimum to chase this dream, and then a superstar like (Punk) just gets to jump into the UFC just because he knows the right people and has a name,” said Jones.
“I just think it’s unfair for the people who have been working their tails off to earn this opportunity. That’s why I really hope UFC gives him a real opponent, so we can watch him get knocked out.”