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UFC Champ Jon Jones Tests Positive For Cocaine, Enters Rehab

January 07, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

It is never a good thing to see your biggest star get popped for cocaine. That is what happened to the UFC after it was announced that their champion and biggest star Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites and will now enter rehab.

This is a fascinating story on a lot of levels. The story broke on Tuesday, just a couple of days after Jones defeated Daniel Cormier in the biggest UFC fight of the last twelve months. According to all reports, Jones failed the test on December 4. The test was administered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and considered “out of competition” since it was not the week of the fight. He tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite in cocaine.

Jones will face no disciplinary action for his failure. The reason being is that cocaine believe it or not is not a banned substance by the NSAC during out of competition testing. Had Jones tested positive for this the week of the fight, he would have faced disciplinary actions. Yep, you can do as much coke as you want if you are a UFC fighter, just don’t do it the week of the fight.

Jones immediately announced that he will enter a rehab following the breaking news.

“With the support of my family, I have entered into a drug treatment facility. I want to apologize to my fiancee, my children, as well as my mother, father and brothers for a mistake that I made. I also want to apologize to the UFC, my coaches, my sponsors and equally important, to my fans. I am taking this treatment program very seriously. Therefore, at this time, my family and I would appreciate privacy.”

The UFC is standing behind their guy.

“We support UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ decision to enter a drug treatment facility to address his recent issue. While we are disappointed in the failed test, we applaud him for making this decision to enter a drug treatment facility. Jon is a strong, courageous fighter inside the Octagon, and we expect him to fight this issue with the same poise and diligence. We commend him on his decision, and look forward to him emerging from this program a better man as a result.

I am proud of Jon Jones for making the decision to enter a drug treatment facility,” said Dana White. “I’m confident that he’ll emerge from this program like the champion he truly is.”

The first thing that popped up in my mind was the recently announced Reebok deal with the UFC. Jones along with Ronda Rousey are the two faces of the marketing campaigns. I wondered if there would be ramifications to this coming off of the news. The answer is no. As of today, Reebok is also sticking by Jones and offering full support.

I have questions regarding the UFC. When did they know? Did they inform Daniel Cormier? I also presume that for Jones to enter rehab he must think he has a problem. Did Jones want to enter rehab earlier and if so, did he face any pressure from the UFC to delay it? The UFC were counting on that fight badly and I just want to know if it was promoted at the expense of Jones’ well-being. Let’s face it. It isn’t as if the UFC and Jones exactly have the best relationship.

Is there anything in Jones’ contract with the UFC in regard to using illegal drugs, a morals clause perhaps? Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll ever know the real answer to that as the only ones who would be able to release that would be the UFC and Jones’ camp and I doubt either are opening that can of worms. If not, why isn’t there a clause in the contract prohibiting using illegal drugs?

I hope he gets help because he does have problems. All you have to do is read that Deadspin article on Jones where he is glowing about his family and hitting on waitresses the next minute. It says a lot about the guy’s character and for him to blatantly do it in front of a reporter, allowing it to go on record shows a level of arrogance here that neither you or I can comprehend. I hope for his sake that this rehab stint isn’t merely for public relations because if so, I have a feeling this won’t be the last story we hear about Jones being in some kind of trouble.

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UFC Grudge Fights Rarely Deliver

January 06, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

After months of talking and threats, Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier delivered the fight I expected. Jones dominated Cormier in a long, boring, one-sided fight that surprised nobody who has followed the history of UFC grudge fights.

Grudge fights have become a blessing and a curse for the UFC. The blessing is that fans, casual and hardcore get caught up in the pro wrestling style banter leading up to the fight. Generally that interest returns a nice dividend for the UFC through big buyrates. The curse however is that new fans drawn to the UFC for the first-time who expected a fight for the ages are probably not coming back any time soon.

Unfortunately you have many in the MMA media who have incredibly short memories. Minutes after Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier got into their memorable press conference skirmish, those same media members took to social media and other outlets and became UFC’s best salesmen and saleswomen getting caught up in the hype and failing to report the obvious. This fight, like the big grudge fights before them, never had a prayer of delivering what was expected.

I didn’t buy it for a second. Any savvy fan could see the Jones-Cormier fight on paper for what it was. It was an over-hyped mismatch. Cormier’s 2-0 record at light heavyweight came against an unranked fighter and an aged veteran past his better years. Jones has been fighting the elite of the sport for the past few years and only once was he in a competitive fight. Yet for some reason fans and media got caught up in the moment failing to recognize the fantasy that was being perpetrated by the UFC.

The fight was everything I thought it would be. It was five rounds of Jones at his best and Cormier failing to do much damage. Sure, Cormier had his moments in Round 2 but that was hardly the fight the frenzied fans expected to see. Even today some MMA pundits are trying to convince themselves it was a good fight. To hardcore MMA fans, yes it was an intriguing battle. But for the casual audience that expected to see a war, it was a waste of time, money, and energy that they should have seen coming.

I started thinking about the great grudge matches in UFC history and how those fights turned out. I picked ten of what I thought were some of the greatest grudge fights in UFC history. All of these fights had the talking, the threats, the hype, and all of the promises of a war that you could have asked for. Yet very few delivered what many would consider great fights. Let’s take a look.

Ken Shamrock vs. Tito Ortiz – Some will call this the greatest rivalry in UFC history, yet all of their fights were one-sided, destructions in favor of the same guy. As great as their promos and hype were leading up to the fights, they did not deliver the fight fans expected.

Tito Ortiz vs. Chuck Liddell – Let’s stay with Tito for a minute. Like his fight with Shamrock, both fights were one-sided destructions. The difference was that Tito was the one getting pounded in these uneventful fights. I’ll say this. They were certainly intense going in, but neither were the battles fans expected.

Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir II – The number one selling fight in the history of the UFC was Brock vs. Mir. Mir’s insults and Brock’s threats had fans on the edge of their seats expecting a war. What they got was Brock dominating Mir for under ten minutes, giving Mir nothing in the fight. Again an intense fight for sure, but nowhere near what was expected.

Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva – Now this is the outlier in this list. I feel that both fights delivered as expected. The first was a classic, maybe my favorite fight of all-time. The second, while over in two rounds, I think went exactly was you’d design it if you were scripting it.

Jon Jones vs. Rashad Evans – Jones biggest fight up until Cormier was Rashad Evans. The storyline was taken right out of an old-school pro wrestling territory. Fans were expecting Evans to hang with Jones and teach him a lesson (as the teacher of course). Instead what they got was a snoozer that saw Jones win a unanimous decision that made Jones-Cormier look like Silva-Liddell.

Rashad Evans vs. Rampage Jackson – Let’s stick with Evans, who has talked his way into some of the biggest fights in UFC history. Unfortunately for the fans who bought into his big mouth, they were served up a big plate of boring and it doesn’t get more boring than this one. Sans a flurry late in the fight by Jackson, it was a one-sided affair which saw Evans tie up Jackson for five rounds and take a unanimous decision.

Nick Diaz vs. GSP – The man who coined the term “Wolf Tickets’ would know a lot about them as he sold plenty for his fight with GSP. Diaz made a lot of promises and offered some of the craziest quotes you’d ever hear leading up to a title fight before the match. Fans were pumped, the media was pumped, and GSP was pumped to dominate the living hell out of Diaz for five, one-sided, dull rounds winning a unanimous decision 50-45 by all three judges.

GSP vs. BJ Penn – This one had all of the makings of a classic fight yet wound up producing a frustrating, uneventful rematch. This rare battle of champions saw GSP (accused of greasing by Penn), just ground and pound an outsized Penn for four rounds, brutalizing the champion before Penn’s mercifully stopped the carnage.

So there you have it. Two guys cutting promos on each other for several months, pushing each other at press conferences, and the UFC president telling you about his next biggest fight of all-time does not make for a good fight. The odds of the fight delivering the brawl you are hoping to see are slim to none with none being the better bet.

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UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier Results: Bones Retains Via Decision

January 04, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos

Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier fought the biggest grudge fight of the year. Jones and Cormier put on a show early on but it was the UFC light heavyweight champion who wound up shining with an impressive, statement win

The fight started out hot with both guys coming out swinging. Cormier closed the distance more than I ever thought he would in the first two rounds. Jones took Cormier down for the first time in Cormier’s career, which was the difference in the first round. Cormier kept coming and won the second round with some dirty boxing and clinching. I was impressed with Cormier as I expected Jones to dominate the fight.

Jones looked sluggish early in the third round. Cormier was busy throughout the round and got inside with a lot of action. Cormier looked unstoppable until he walked into a poke in the eye. Jones hit an elbow on Cormier towards the end of the round. Cormier looked slower and more tired as the round closed. It looked like Cormier gave it his all in the start of the round and ran out of gas by the time the buzzer sounded.

Jones came alive in the fourth round. Jones took down Cormier twice and was more effective in the clinch throughout the round. Cormier looked tired and sluggish as the round continued. Jones looked strong throughout including taking down Cormier as the buzzer sounded. Jones also nailed Cormier with a short elbow. Jones looked best by far in this round as opposed to the early rounds. The body shots Jones nailed earlier had obviously taken their toll.

Cormier came out swinging and tried to get in some dirty boxing. Jones withstood the storm and the two wound up tying up along the cage. Jones doesn’t look tired at all which is amazing considering how sluggish he looked in the third round. Jones worked for Cormier’s back. Cormier spun out. Jones had the fight in hand by this round. Both grappled a bit on their feet towards the end of the round. Jones blocked all of Cormier’s takedown attempts. This was easily the most boring round of the fight. Cormier just had nothing left in the tank while Jones looked strong. Cormier was working for a takedown in the final minute as Jones dropped elbows. Cormier nailed a huge takedown in the final minute only for Jones to jump right back to his feet. Jones nailed a spinning elbow in the final thirty seconds. Jones gave Cormier the “D-X Crotch Chop” when the buzzer sounded.

Jones wins the fight via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

The grudge was deep between the two as Jones cut a pro wrestling style heel promo after the fight. Jones was awesome if you are into that kind of thing and told Joe Rogan that he really doesn’t like Cormier. Jones embracing the role of villain is money as UFC fans will continue to pay top dollar in hopes of seeing a hero take him down.

Did the fight live up to the hype? Well it depends. I never got caught up in it. It seemed like a total mismatch to me. Cormier’s record is nice but it is a bit suspect if you ask me. He only had two light heavyweight fights, one against an inexperienced Patrick Cummins and one against an aged fighter in Dan Henderson. I never thought he was in Jones’ class of fighters and thus the fight went like I thought it would. That said, I was shocked to see Cormier do as much damage as he did and survive without getting knocked out.

What’s next for both fighters? I am not sure. Cormier will be at a crossroads as to whether he goes back to heavyweight or not. The obvious fight for Jones is a rematch with Alexander Gustafsson but Gus is already signed to fight Anthony Johnson in a couple of weeks. I think you have to go with whomever wins that fight against Jones.

The truth is that Jones is much better than anyone I see fighting in the UFC right now. Whether it’s Gus, Johnson, or anyone else, I don’t see Jones ever losing the title. I see Jones going to heavyweight and fighting Cain at the end of the year, should Cain recover.

And that will be a hell of a fight!

Full UFC 182 Jones vs. Cormier Results and Winners
Jon Jones defeated Daniel Cormier via decision (unanimous)
Donald Cerrone defeated Myles Jury via Decision (unanimous)
Brad Tavares defeated Nate Marquardt via Decision (unanimous)
Kyoji Horiguchi defeated Louis Gaudinot via Decision (unanimous)
Hector Lombard defeated Josh Burkman via Decision (unanimous)
Paul Felder defeated Danny Castillo via KO (spinning back fist) in Round 2
Cody Garbrandt defeated Marcus Brimage via TKO (punches) in Round 3
Shawn Jordan defeated Jared Cannonier via KO (punches) in Round 1
Evan Dunham defeated Rodrigo Damm via Decision (unanimous)
Omari Akhmedov defeated Mats Nilsson via Decision (unanimous)
Marion Reneau defeated Alexis Dufresne via Decision (unanimous)

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CM Punk Talks Hypocrisy In UFC Signing

January 03, 2015 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

“It’s great that Rock is back. Anybody in the locker room that says it doesn’t piss them off, that he works however many days a year he works when we’re working 300 days a year, something ridiculous, they’re kidding themselves; they’re scared to say it.” – CM Punk

In a strange twist of irony it took a former WWE announcer to ask CM Punk the question that most of his critics wanted answered. Punk was asked about the hypocrisy of signing with the UFC in relation to things Punk has said in the past about WWE superstars and either Punk thinks we are all idiots or he truly is living in a delusional world.

Punk hosted a UFC Q & A on Friday and did some media interviews as part of the promotion for UFC 182. Most MMA media have gushed over CM Punk asking him softball questions and accepting his questionable responses without follow up. For whatever reason nobody has challenged Punk on the hypocrisy of him signing with the UFC in relation to Punk’s criticism of The Rock and others for coming into the WWE with similar circumstances.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

That was nothing. Punk ripped Rock and others repeatedly for coming into the WWE, not doing house shows, and taking someone’s spot in the main-event. Punk even took a shot at Brock Lesnar in a recent podcast interview where he said that he told Vince Brock should do house shows. The irony of Punk’s situation is amazing considering all he has said in the last several years.

Now we have a situation where Punk is signed to a UFC contract with no amateur sports pedigree nor MMA fighting experience simply because he is CM Punk. No matter how you look at it, this is the same idea as Rock stealing someone’s spot as Punk is stealing someone’s spot. Punk paid no dues and if you think this isn’t lost on UFC fighters, just ask Jon Jones.

“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.

(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.

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.”

So Todd Grisham of all people was the first to put Punk on the spot about this criticism. Punk was asked about this hypocrisy but in the world of CM Punk, this is completely different.

“The irony of the situation is certainly not lost on me and I accept all the responsibility in the world for that. But there’s also so many differences. UFC employees thousands of fighters. I look at it more as I’m not taking a spot away from somebody, I’m allowing somebody to gain that spot because whoever fights me, they’re going to make a nice chunk of change I like to think. I think that’s a good opportunity for someone else too. There’s a myriad of other differences and if I wasn’t willing to put in the work and actually train and just fight tomorrow, I could see the parallels more.”

Where do I begin? For starters, the UFC does not have thousands of fighters under contract. Last I checked there were a little over 550 fighters under contract. While a lot more than the WWE, that is a far cry from “thousands.” The best part of this is that he defends this by saying he will be bringing more money to another fighter, which is correct. I find that defense ironic because for the three years, that is exactly what The Rock did when he came back to wrestle or appear on pay-per-views. I never understood why Punk was so upset about Rock coming back when Rock vs. Cena broke WrestleMania records, thus put more money in Punk’s pockets than he would have gotten without Rock.

I can also assure you that Punk made more money working with the Rock at the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber than he would have made with anyone else at the time. It’s the same damned thing! Punk is defending his signing by saying he’ll make someone a lot more money…the same way Rock put more money into Punk’s pockets.

Look I have been accused of ripping Punk a little too much lately on here but the reality is this. All I am doing here and in other blogs is taking Punk’s own words and relating it to the current situation. I am not making this stuff up nor am I on some vendetta. I have also said that Punk desperately needs a media coach and this is another case. I can’t help but think that Punk had to be prepared to answer this question at some point and if that was the best he could come up with, the guy needs some assistance from someone in a high-level public relations firm.

The circus continues…

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Brock Lesnar Leaning Towards UFC Return

December 30, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

One of the biggest questions on the minds of the WWE Universe is what happens to Brock Lesnar in 2015. The WWE world champion is set to become a free agent and according to a new report, we may be seeing the last of Lesnar in the WWE for quite a while.

Brock’s impending free agency is not necessarily a new story, yet the closer we get to Brock entering the market, the bigger the story gets. Not since 1997 has the WWE had a situation where they were set to lose their current champion to free agency. While he may not be out the door yet, a new report suggests that Brock will not be re-signing with the WWE.

Dave Meltzer has the latest in the newest Wrestling Observer Newsletter. According to Meltzer, Brock may be heading back to a familiar place. Meltzer reports that all signs point towards Lesnar returning to the UFC in 2015.

“The Lesnar people always keep things quiet, but within the company, the belief is that he’s going back to UFC, and his showing up lighter to TV last week confirmed that to people who thought it. If it wasn’t for Punk, this would be a big deal, but with Punk, it’s a much bigger deal because the last thing WWE wants is this perception that UFC has just grabbed two of the company’s biggest stars.”

Brock’s last match on his current deal would likely take place at WrestleMania 31. The working plan all along has been for Lesnar to win the title at SummerSlam and hold it through Mania, dropping it to Royal Rumble winner Roman Reigns. However, many in the industry are pondering whether it is time for the WWE to change course rather than head into Mania with a lame duck champion.

Former WWE head of Talent Relations Jim Ross has been critical of WWE’s handling of Lesnar. Ross was the man in charge with negotiating contracts back in his day as a WWE office employee. Ross has questioned the WWE booking several times on his podcast for booking Lesnar with the WWE title without a renewed contract. If Ross were still in charge he would have made sure that Lesnar had a new contract before he got the run as world champion.

Meltzer brought up CM Punk and it is ironic as to how much Punk may wind up dictating business here. As Meltzer said, the Punk to UFC move all of the sudden puts a new priority on keeping Lesnar in the WWE. Meltzer is right to an extent in that it would look pretty bad for the WWE to lose two of its top three stars to UFC…who they repeatedly dismiss as competition. As a public company it is hard to justify these two moves to stockholders, especially with a struggling network.

That said, I don’t think Vince McMahon is going to let that influence his bottom line. The sad reality to those hoping to see Brock stick around is that it makes very little business sense to bring Brock back. The economics are much different and let’s call it what it is. Brock has not been a difference maker. He hasn’t spiked the Network nor has he been able to bring a large number of fans to RAW. At the end of the day whether the WWE has Brock or not, they are going to sell the same number of Network subscriptions thus it probably makes more sense on paper to let Brock go back to UFC and move on.

It will be interesting to see how the Rumble plays out. The betting line was always on Brock retaining. Yet some are reporting that there could be a change and Cena could wind up with the title, facing Reigns at Mania. We will probably get a much better indication on the WWE’s intentions come the Royal Rumble and the result of Lesnar vs. Cena.

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Rampage Jackson Reportedly Returning To The UFC

December 20, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts

Hell has frozen over. One of the UFC’s most outspoken critics has reportedly signed a new deal to return to the octagon. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rampage Jackson is returning to the UFC.

Rumors have been swirling all week regarding Rampage returning to the UFC. MMA journalist Josh Gross tweeted not that long ago that Scott Coker told him that Rampage is still under contract to Bellator. Either something has changed or Gross was lied to because it appears that Rampage is heading back.

Sherdog broke the news on Twitter Saturday night. “I have confirmed from sources that @Rampage4real has signed by the UFC.” – @Sherdoggy

Jackson left the UFC in 2013 when his contract expired. Jackson signed with Bellator for a deal that reportedly included television appearances and a contract with TNA Wrestling. Jackson only made a handful of appearances for TNA and never trained for pro wrestling. I don’t recall seeing Jackson hosting any non-MMA Spike specials.

Jackson went undefeated in Bellator and looked pretty damned good. Jackson went 3-0 and won the season 10 light heavyweight tournament final. Jackson had two wins by KO/TKO and went the distance in a big grudge match, winning a unanimous decision over King Mo. Jackson has been pretty quiet since, although many reports surfaced indicating Jackson didn’t want to fight again.

Jackson left the UFC off of a three-loss streak. Overall Jackson went 7-5 during his last UFC run, paying immediate dividends right away by drawing a monster rating for a title unification fight against Pride middleweight champion Dan Henderson on Spike TV. Jackson was never the same fighter after getting upset by Forrest Griffin for the light heavyweight title.

One of Jackson’s biggest criticisms of his UFC career was the matchmaking. Jackson complained that the UFC matched him up against too many wrestlers, thus making for boring fights. It will be really interesting to see how the UFC match up Jackson upon his comeback. Do they acquiesce to his demands or do as they please?

Jackson also accused the UFC about lying to fighters about UFC pay-per-view numbers. “In my opinion, I just feel like me and the rest of the UFC fighters are getting taken advantage of,” Jackson explained to MMA Heat. “I feel like the UFC is cleaning house. Like the pay-per-view dollars, they tell me one number, but then they tell the press one number. Pay me the numbers that you tell the press. Don’t tell me, ‘Oh, we only made this, we only sold this many.’ Then you tell the press, ‘Oh we sold this many.’ But then I’m like, ‘Hey, you only told me we only sold 800,000 buys, but you told the press you sold a million buys.’ [They say,] ‘Oh, we’re just saying that for the press.’ No, no, just pay me like what you told the press then, because you lying somewhere. You either lying to me or you lying to the press about the pay-per-view numbers. You know what I’m saying? If they’re doing it to me, I’m sure they’re doing it to other fighters.”

I think the move screams of desperation. The UFC are obviously responding to Bellator’s big Bonnar vs. Griffin rating with recent moves such as this one and signing CM Punk. Neither add anything to the UFC inside of the octagon, although both will take viewers away from Bellator and put them on the UFC. I can’t imagine either Jackson or Punk getting a UFC deal otherwise.

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CM Punk Rips TV Host For WWE Questions

December 20, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, Videos, WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk has done a great job isolating himself from critics since announcing his UFC contract. Unfortunately for Punk the softballs came to an end when he went Off the Record and it didn’t take long for things to get ugly.

Michael Landsberg has had his share of verbal confrontations over the years and has never been known to shy away from tough questions or avoid the yellow elephants in the room. Which is why I am surprised that Punk wasn’t more prepared for the verbal joust that took place last week on Off the Record.

The interview started off on a bad foot for Punk when Landsberg made a complete mockery of Punk in the UFC by playing a video of potential Punk opponents which included Jose Cansenco and Chef Boyardeee. Yeah, you could see where this was going. Punk did not find it humorous and the interview grew to be contentious from there.

Landsberg asked Punk if he had ever been punched. Punk laughed and said he had been punched many times in a WWE ring. What a dumb answer. Here is a guy that is upset he isn’t being taken seriously as a UFC fighter yet he gives an answer which makes him look completely foolish.

This isn’t the first time Punk has helped fuel doubters and critics with his answers. It is amazing to me that someone as polished as Punk in media has been so unprepared to answer tough questions about his move to UFC. I don’t understand how someone from the UFC hasn’t sat down with him yet and crafted more well thought answers than some of the responses Punk has offered. Quite frankly it makes the UFC look more like a circus or mockery than Punk.

What is also interesting at this point is that Punk starts drinking coffee throughout the interview. I found it odd and a little unprofessional at the time but so be it. I saw it as Punk giving the interviewer a middle finger. At the end of the interview Landsberg brings that up and Punk says he needed to drink it to keep himself awake.

Punk is then asked about comments Dana White has made about Punk being offered an opponent at his own level. Punk says he’d fight anyone, including Anderson Silva for the right price. Punk says that he doesn’t want to take it easy and wants to put the “miles in.” He also says it probably wouldn’t be a good decision to fight someone like a Nate Diaz at this point in his career.

The interview progresses and it doesn’t take a psychologist to read Punk’s body language and assess his descending attitude throughout the interview. I will say that Landsberg appears to have picked up on it early and egged him on a bit as the interview progressed. Landsberg at the end of the interview finally calls Punk out on it and asks him if he was uncomfortable with the interview. Guess what? He was.

Punk says that the interview was very wrestling centric and he was there to talk about the UFC. Okay that may be well and good but it was Punk that first brought up wrestling when Landsberg asked him if he has ever taken a punch. Landsberg said nothing about the WWE up to that point. Even at the halfway mark there was only one question that Landsberg asked about the WWE and it was in comparison to UFC.

The truth finally comes out when Landsberg asks Punk he has no UFC fights scheduled, he has no UFC pedigree so what should he have asked them? Punk brings up the segment earlier in the show which made a joke of Punk fighting in the UFC. It’s funny because coming from wrestling you’d think Punk would just not sell the rib and move on. Instead he sat there with a sour puss for fifteen minutes. Nobody likes being laughed at but how Punk can expect journalists to take a former WWE wrestler with no MMA pro or amateur experience, not even a training camp under his belt seriously is incredibly naive of him.

Again, Punk is in desperate need of a media coach. It is in the best interest of the UFC to do that immediately. Punk is in for a reality check if he thinks that everyone in the sports media is going to treat this thing seriously. It is what it is and what this interview told me is that the criticism is starting to get to him. The more he feeds the critics, the more they will come to feast.

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UFC Star Rips CM Punk, Says Signing Is Ridiculous

December 15, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

He might do great, but why does he get a chance? He’s an amateur. You’re going to put an amateur in there with pros? That makes us all amateurs, so I think it’s ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, f-ck him, f-ck the whole situation. Anybody who takes that fight is tripping.

Not everyone is excited about CM Punk coming to the UFC. Punk has now become the target of one angry UFC fighter who believes that Punk’s UFC deal is making a complete mockery of the sport and guess what…he’s right.

It didn’t take long for CM Punk to get a taste of his own medicine. Remember, Punk has been outspoken for the last several years of guys walking into the WWE and getting WrestleMania main-events while the rest of the crew are working house shows and putting their time in. Punk is now in a similar situation on the opposite side in the UFC. The biggest difference however is that many in Punk’s new locker room don’t believe he has earned any of it.

UFC veteran Nate Diaz is the first big UFC star to publicly bash the signing. Diaz went off on Punk over the weekend and while he doesn’t wish any warm on Punk, he believes the entire situation is terrible for the UFC fighters and the sport as a whole.

I don’t dig it,” Diaz said. “He has got no fights. I know he’s a big draw. I looked him up. Everyone’s going to buy tickets. It’s going to be great for the venue and the UFC, but at the same time, it downgrades all the fighters.

Whether you are a Punk fan or not, you can’t argue with Diaz. Having a guy fight in the UFC with no fights under his belt or no amateur pedigree makes the entire sport look like a circus. It hurts the credibility of the sport and the fighters. What does it say about the UFC if Punk walks in, without any experience, and wins? It says exactly what Diaz is saying.

If I want to, I can’t go play in the NBA – not even Stefan Struve’s big ass,” Diaz said. “He can’t go play in the NBA if he wants to because he feels like making a change. For a publicity thing? They wouldn’t pay him no money, and they wouldn’t even let him play. It’s ridiculous.”

I don’t think you should just let some millionaire WWE guy just come on over and play a little game, like have fun with his career. I’m over here busting my ass, fighting for 10 years and doing my thing and having a serious job that I have to do for this. And this guy is going to come over and probably get paid more than everyone in the room.

Hey, that kind of sounds familiar doesn’t it. CM Punk’s own words on a similar situation are coming back to haunt him.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

This whole situation is making Punk look like a bigger hypocrite by the day. Once again you have to keep in mind, Punk has been the one beating this drum for the last three years in the WWE. This was his fight and unfortunately for him he is the one that opened up the comparisons to his situation and the ones he whined about for the last three years.

I’m sorry, but this guy’s making a joke out of my serious life and getting compensated more for it,” Diaz said. “I don’t mean no harm on him, but I don’t think it’s right.

Nate Diaz isn’t a popular guy but it is hard for any objective fan to disagree with him. This whole situation really is a complete joke.

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CM Punk talks UFC, AJ’s Thoughts, WrestleMania, and More

December 11, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

CM Punk is once again a hot commodity. The former WWE champion is on everyone’s minds after signing with the UFC. Punk is doing a lot of media and as expected, is shooting straight about his trajectory from the wrestling ring to the octagon.

It’s been less than a week and people still have questions. It is still hard to wrap my head around a guy with 0 fighting experience, amateur or pro getting a UFC deal after suffering numerous injuries as a pro wrestler, including several concussions. Yet that is exactly what Phil Brooks is going to do and he isn’t shy about discussing it.

Punk has talked to a lot of media and a recent stop at RollingStone.com may be one of the most insightful interviews he has done yet. The interview doesn’t touch on the WWE much at all but asks the questions we have all been wondering about Punk’s plan, his mindset, and what the hell is exactly going on here with the straight-edged superstar.

Punk was asked about whether critics and fans should reserve judgment until after Punk steps inside of the octagon as opposed to jumping conclusions. Punk says yes and even someone as confident as Punk isn’t going to make any bold predictions.

For sure. I’m not gonna sit here and make bold predictions about first-round head kicks and beating ranked opponents. This is about me and my journey to get there. I understand other peoples’ point of view about, “Oh, there’s great fighters out there like Ben Askren.” My only point on that is, “Don’t be mad at me, Ben. Be mad at [UFC President] Dana [White].” I’m sure Ben Askren’s a nice guy. If he’s mad at me, I understand. But if the Blackhawks came to me before Dana and Lorenzo did and were like, “We’re gonna put you in goal,” I’d be like, “That’s great. I played a little hockey when I was a kid.” You know what I mean? I’m not gonna deny myself some opportunity because somebody on Twitter thinks I shouldn’t have it.”

I do agree with Punk on one thing here. He is not the enemy. If you are upset that he is signed to a UFC deal, don’t be mad at him. Be mad at UFC management for signing him. Ironically, you could have said the same thing in regards to Punk whining for the last three years about The Rock and Brock Lesnar but I digress.

Punk isn’t quite sure whether the UFC will be more positive for him than the WWE, but he is happy with the way things are moving. Punk offered an interesting comparison between both companies to Rolling Stone.

I’m not sure I did know (whether UFC is more positive). If I can maybe throw out an example of how things are different – the lack of communication from the WWE office was astounding. They said they suspended me and never contacted me. They were in my town, about an eight-minute drive from my house multiple times, and didn’t feel like it was necessary to come try and talk to me, so I assumed that they didn’t want to talk to me.
Then, you’ve got Dana and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta wanting to talk to me, and they get on a jet and fly to Chicago to talk to me. So that pretty much told me exactly how Dana and Lorenzo do business. I’m sure there are other people out there who have different situations with them, but they’re playing straight with me. And being backstage [at last Saturday’s UFC 181] and introducing everybody to my wife, it was such a great experience. And I’m sure part of that is the name value and who I am, but everyone seemed to be happy, which is different and odd for me.

I think most of us were curious as to what his wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee thinks of this. I think many of us wondered what his wife of less than one-year is thinking after hearing that her husband has signed to be a UFC fighter.

After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that’s when it got serious and that’s when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I’m gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, “She’s gonna shut it down, and I’m gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don’t take no for an answer, she doesn’t take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.” Right off the bat she recognized that. She’s been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she’s not somebody that’s gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about.

Finally, Punk is asked whether he is still itching for that WrestleMania main-event spot.

No, absolutely not.

All in all this is a fantastic interview with plenty of more details about Punk’s transition into UFC, reaction, and path to the octagon. Check out the entire interview over at RollingStone.com

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CM Punk in the UFC is the Height of Hypocrisy

December 08, 2014 By: Category: Sports, UFC | Mixed Martial Arts, WWE | Pro Wrestling

This thing isn’t a joke. You don’t just decide “I’m a professional wrestler I think I’m going to fight.” It takes a lot of time, dedication and hard work — just like wrestling does. I’m sure these guys have to train hard and have to get in great shape to professional wrestle. You can’t just jump up one day and say, “I’m going to be a pro fighter and I think I’ll fight next month.” It doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t even come close to working that way.” – Dana White 2007

CM Punk will be returning to action…but not in a WWE ring. The former WWE world champ is stepping into the UFC octagon in a move that has a lot of WWE fans excited and a lot of MMA fans asking questions.

It (fighting MMA) was always in the back of my mind since then. There was a fork in the road, I chose one direction. I’m fortunate to be able to revfisit things and take another fork in the road.

Punk has signed a multi-fight deal to join the UFC. The announcement comes less than two weeks after Punk returned to the spotlight after a series of podcast interviews in which he blasted the WWE and gave his side of the story on his exit. Ironically the things said in those interviews make very little sense in light of his latest announcement.

Punk talked extensively about the injuries he has suffered over the last several years in the WWE. He talked about concussions, bad knees, and MRSA infection, and broken ribs to name a few. Punk talked about burnout and went on a lengthy rant about Ryback in particular injuring Punk during their program. For a guy who has been so badly beaten up in a pro wrestling ring the last several years, the move to an actual combat sport doesn’t seem very logical does it?

My first reaction to hearing the news is that this may be the height of hypocrisy for CM Punk. Especially when you look back on all of the harsh statements Punk made against The Rock coming back to the WWE.

I have no personal problems against Dwayne. It’s very frustrating being here and watch a guy come in and get credit for a WrestleMania buyrate when he didn’t do anything on the show. He certainly didn’t do anything entertaining.

Let’s fast-forward to 2014 and compare the situations. You now have a guy (Punk) who is getting a UFC fight without any professional or amateur athletic background simply due to his star-power. This is a guy who is taking a spot away from an MMA fighter who has made the sacrifices and trained hard to get a coveted UFC spot. It would be one thing if Punk had to earn it on The Ultimate Fighter but he has never even had an MMA fight. His spot on the UFC card is undeserving no matter how you look at it and he is now that guy walking into the UFC locker room, without even an amateur fight or background, and taking someone’s spot. It doesn’t get any more hypocritical than that.

And then there is Dana White. The same Dana White who blasted competitors in the past for signing fighters with no MMA experience for their celebrity.

Which athletic commission is going to let this guy fight?” White asked. “Who the f**k are they going to find to fight Herschel Walker? A guy in a wheelchair?

Great question! Which athletic commission is going to let CM Punk? At least Herschel Walker had a professional sports background and the same can be said for James Toney who got a fight in the UFC. They also did not have a history of concussions. Keep in mind that a couple of years ago when Kurt Angle expressed interest in joining the UFC that Dana White was going to make Angle go through TUF to get a UFC spot and Angle is an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling! CM Punk is getting a contract and a fight simply for being a professional wrestling superstar.

I don’t have any doubt in my mind that Bellator was the key factor in getting this deal done. There was no Bellator aggressively signing fighters back when Angle wanted in. Bellator is aggressively going after the UFC and there is no doubt that they would have given Punk a fight on network TV if the UFC didn’t jump first. I also don’t care what anyone from the UFC says, this move is about a company that is struggling mightily on pay-per-view and looking for a Hail Mary. Even with Anderson Silva coming back, the UFC will be lucky if they get two fights out of him in 2015. The UFC has been unable to create new stars and the numbers don’t lie. They need something and signing a popular WWE star is about as good as it is going to get.

Signing with the UFC is one thing. Getting into a UFC fight is another. Punk had a problem staying healthy in a worked pro wrestling sport for the last several years. Granted he wrestles a more physical style than most but it is pro wrestling. Will his body hold up through a full training camp? Has he even put in a full training camp to see if it would? That is a big question.

Regardless, it will be a must-see event the day Punk steps foot inside of the octagon. My suspicion is that a guy without one MMA fight, one camp, and no amateur wrestling or boxing background is not going to fare well.

But we’ll all be watching and as far as Dana is concerned, that’s more important that credibility in 2014/15.

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