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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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Vitor Belfort Suggests “CM Punk” For Retirement Fight

“Just for the laughs”

CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.

As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”

“It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter”, Belfort said. “I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE? CM Punk would be a good fight”, Belfort laughed. ”CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.

Yep, you read right. Vitor Belfort wants “CM Punk” for his swan song at UFC 212. While he was obviously just joking (I think…) we thought it would be fun to throw in our opinion on how the fight might play out. In fact, we found a video we feel accurately displays our thoughts and sentiments.

You get the picture. But in all seriousness, Vitor is aiming to end his highlight reel career on June 3 rd in Rio De Janeiro Brazil, and at 205 lbs to boot. Who should he fight next?

 

Lionel Harris-Spence is a writer, filmmaker, and functioning alcoholic. You can catch him screaming obscenities at flat screens on fight night.

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Mickey Gall thinks it’s ‘ballsy’ of CM Punk to want to fight again, but expects him to lose to any ‘UFC caliber guy’

The only thing certain about the future of CM Punk is that the former WWE superstar intends to fight again, whether it’s in the UFC or elsewhere. In recent weeks, both Punk and his coach Duke Roufus have indicated that the 38-year-old is in talks with the UFC to figure out his next move and is dead-set on ensuring his MMA career isn’t a one-and-done, even if it means moving on to a new promotion.

While Punk remains a marketable commodity due to his star power, the prospect of him fighting again presents a tricky situation for the UFC, as the still-very-green ex-professional wrestler would likely be outclassed by every fighter on the UFC roster. So if the UFC elects to throw Punk against someone already under contract, Mickey Gall — the man who defeated Punk at UFC 203 — believes history will be destined to repeat itself.

“I think he’ll be dealt (with) the same way I dealt him,” Gall said Monday on The MMA Hour. “If he fights a UFC caliber guy, I think they’ll do it in the same way. So I think in hindsight, he probably should’ve taken some regional fights, amateur fighters, smaller shows. But I think that’s ballsy of him to want to come back.”

Punk signed with the UFC in 2014 with virtually no martial arts experience, but the idea of fighting professionally was one he toyed with for years prior to that. Punk has stated in the past that he would have happily debuted on a small show and fought his way up the regional circuit, but that once the UFC expressed interest, he would’ve been a fool to turn down the opportunity.

Following nearly two years of training at Milwaukee’s Roufusport Academy, Punk finally debuted in the Octagon to great mainstream interest this past September, losing in less than three minutes via rear-naked choke at the hands of Gall. He has since returned to Roufusport to continue learning the ropes, and on a recent episode of The MMA Hour, he said that he was “pretty confident” that his next fight will be in the UFC.

While Gall has moved onto bigger things — he’s slated to fight Sage Northcutt on the main card of UFC on FOX 22 — he still knows that his name will forever be linked to Punk’s, and he is conflicted about the idea of someone so inexperienced continuing to compete under the UFC umbrella.

“I don’t know. I mean, he’s definitely going to help your pay-per-view and he brings that other audience,” Gall said. “But for kinda the legitimacy of the sport, I think it may water it down a little bit.”

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MMA Hour: B.J. Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez In Phoenix, CM Punk, and more!

But why?

B.J. Penn has been trying to make his comeback for a while now. First against, Dennis Siver, then against Nik Lentz, and recently against Carlos Lamas – all bad fights for him in ascending order. But now it seems the UFC have outdone themselves with the most recent rumor – Penn vs. Yair Rodriguez at UFC Phoenix. If you don’t know who Yair Rodriguez is, you will. The 145lb fighter is 24 year old dynamic striker with kicks that mimic a video game. The Mexican fighter and Tae Kwon Do blackbelt has been making his all his opponents look basic with a headkick K.O. of Andre Fili and a split decision win against Alex Caceres.

 

 

While “The Prodigy” will always have a special place in our hearts, his role in the UFC at this point is mainly for entertainment value. There’s really no point in giving him hungry lions like Ricardo Lamas and Yair Rodriguez. There are a myriad of people he can face instead and his name alone will sell fights, no need to kill him in the process. Does UFC have an angle? Maybe, but it remains a mystery at this point. UFC Phoenix will air on FS1 January 15th.

 

Also on the MMA hour it seems CM Punk may be making a comeback. The 0-1 welterweight fighter is in talks with Dana White on booking a second fight. While nothing is set in stone, the former WWE star is currently training out of Milwaukee under Duke Roufus and is eyeing a match up as soon as January.

To be honest, this man is delusional. Throughout the interview he referees to his loss as “the takedown” as if the initial mistake was the reason why he lost. In my opinion, even if the first takedown didn’t land he would’ve been beaten up on the feet or taken down at will throughout the fight. Nothing in that match suggested that he could stop Mickey Gall from doing whatever he wanted to do. I get the feeling he would’ve been outmatched in every aspect of the game. But maybe I’m reading into things, watch the interview and you be the judge.

 

 

1 p.m. ET — We’ll recap a busy weekend in mixed martial arts.

1:25 p.m. – Matt Mitrione will talk about his upcoming fight against Fedor Emelianenko and how it came together.

1:45 p.m. – Lyoto Machida will discuss his 18-month suspension from USADA and what’s next for him.

2:05 p.m. — Owen Roddy, Conor McGregor’s striking coach, will look back at McGregor’s win over Eddie Alvarez.

2:25 p.m. – Tim Kennedy will talk about getting pulled from UFC 205 and fighting next month in Toronto.

3:05 p.m. – Gegard Mousasi will look back on his win over Uriah Hall this weekend in Belfast.

3:25 p.m. – CM Punk will reflect on his UFC debut two months ago and talk about what the future holds for him.

4:10 p.m. – Mark Hunt will update us on his fighting future after voicing his displeasure recently with the UFC and USADA.

 

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CM Punk ‘confident’ he’ll fight in the UFC again

CM Punk doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.

The pro-wrestling-star-turned-MMA-fighter told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he believes it is likely that he’ll get another shot in the UFC. Punk lost his debut by first-round submission to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September.

Punk said he and UFC president Dana White have been in discussions about a possible next move. The former WWE champion, whose real name is Phil Brooks, said he is hoping to return as early as January or February.

“I don’t want to speak for him, but I think if he wants to kill it, he would have killed it right then,” Punk said of his second fight being in the UFC. … “Until anything is official, I don’t want to say either way what he’s thinking or what he’s thinking. But yeah, I’m pretty confident that it’ll be in the UFC.”

Punk, 38, said White had an “idea” about what the UFC might do next with Punk, but would not divulge what that idea was. He did say he told White that he would definitely fight again — whether it’s for the UFC or another promotion. Punk added that he would understand if the UFC wanted to cut him.

Previously, White said Punk would “probably” not compete in the UFC again.

“I told him I want to fight again,” Punk said. “We’re back at it. We’re back to the drawing board. So, it’s up to him. He floated me an idea and we’re kind of going back and forth on it right now.”

Punk said an announcement could happen in the next few weeks, but there is no official timetable or anything yet on paper.

After falling to Gall in a lopsided loss, Punk said he got right back to training in his hometown of Chicago two days later. After enjoying the Cubs’ run to the World Series and their first championship since 1908, Punk said he moved part-time back to Milwaukee to train at Roufusport.

“I felt like I was in the best shape of my life still, so I just kept after it,” he said. “I think that’s the best thing you can do after you lose.”

Punk signed with the UFC in December 2014, about 11 months after he departed WWE on bad terms. He was officially let go from the pro-wrestling organization in early summer of 2014 and is currently being sued by the WWE doctor for defamation for statements Punk made on a podcast.

In early 2015, Punk began training at Roufusport and, after overcoming a number of injuries, he made his UFC debut about a year and a half later. He said after the loss he was upset by simply losing, not that his UFC run could have been over quickly. Punk said he would be fighting right now even if it was not in the UFC.

“The UFC just made me a business offer,” said Punk, who made $ 500,000 in disclosed pay at UFC 203. “I wasn’t emotional, because I saw that something was over. I was just bummed that I lost.”

Punk said he has not thought much about who is next opponent will be. But a second fight will happen, Punk said. Even if it isn’t in the UFC. Punk said he told White as much.

“This is what I do now,” Punk said he told the UFC boss. “This is what I’m going to do now. If i can do it for you, awesome. If not, I’ll still bug you for tickets to your show.”

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WWE vet Kid Kash crossing over to MMA, wants to knock out ‘arrogant’ CM Punk

CM Punk made his UFC debut last month and David Cash tuned in. Cash, who wrestled in WWE and other companies as “Kid Kash,” has never been a big fan of Punk. And his interest was piqued when he found out the former WWE champion was competing against Mickey Gall at welterweight.

“Damn, he’s the same weight that I am,” Cash said he thought while watching UFC 203. “How bad would I love to knock his ass out? I’ve never liked him. I’ve known the guy for at least 15 years, probably, and he’s been such an arrogant asshole. He was handed so much sh*t. He never earned a f*cking thing.”

Gall dispatched of Punk, who has only had about two years of MMA training, in 2:14 of the first round. Cash, meanwhile, is making his return to MMA for the first time in eight years. He’s taking on Lindsey Jones at Valor Fights 38 on Saturday in Tennessee.

Cash, 47, fought a pro fight back in 2008 and lost, but didn’t really take it seriously and didn’t train much for it, he said. But the former WWE cruiserweight champion said he’s trained five months for this bout and has a lifetime of experience in martial arts, including a black belt in aikido, boxing since he was 7 years old, high-school wrestling, and a host of various other martial arts.

“I lived it,” Cash said. “I’m not like Punk, who before he was a wrestler he was a video-game enthusiast, trading cards and stuff like that. And then he gets into wrestling, knows the right people and gets a push just because he knows somebody.”

Punk, 38, left WWE after a dispute with the company in early 2014. He announced in December that he was transitioning to MMA and signing with the UFC. The Chicago native has been training at Roufusport in Milwaukee since early January.

“I’m kind of amazed that he had the camp that he had for two years and went down that quick and with no defense whatsoever,” Cash said.

Cash said he was spoken with Bellator about a fight, but it never materialized. He retired from wrestling back in December. Cash said that he’s not doing MMA for any reason other than to see how he’ll do. He said he trains at least once a week with a group of guys in different disciplines and the conversation came up done day about him fighting again. So, he decided to do it.

“I’m not looking to be famous in it or looking for a UFC contract or anything,” Cash said. “I just wanted to do another fight.”

However, if a fight with Punk was offered after this one at Valor, he certainly would not turn it down. That is something he’d be very interested in. Cash doesn’t like the way Punk left WWE or embarked on his MMA career.

“How arrogant is that?” Cash said. “You just simply quit an amazing job. It’s an amazing job. You make a lot of money. Your merchandise sales are incredible. You travel the world. On top of that, you’re one of the main headliners and you’re crying about it. I’m sorry, buddy. That’s just an ego shooting out, one for the ages.”

Cash said he’s surprised the UFC would allow Punk to fight on pay-per-view in a big fight and pay him a $ 500,000 purse for his first bout.

“How could you insult and slap your own men, your own fighters in the face like that?” Cash said. “If he was so hungry to fight and he was so wanting to be an MMA fighter, then why wasn’t he paid 10 grand? Right? Fair is fair.”

Cash said he has no respect for Punk, that he never paid his dues. And he’d love to try and teach him a lesson inside of the cage.

“I would be there with bells on it,” Cash said. “I would love to fight that f*cker, I really would. … He would be in for a very rude awakening. That f*cker couldn’t beat my meat; he couldn’t.”

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Duke Roufus says CM Punk will fight again, ‘plethora of promoters’ have reached out

Say what you will about CM Punk, the former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion came to fight in his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut opposite the hungry Mickey Gall at UFC 203 earlier this month. Punk may have lasted just over two minutes, but he earned an ass whooping often needed early into fighting careers. The fact that the Octagon first timer banked $ 500,000 to get submitted in the first round doesn’t hurt.

As Punk licks his wounds and plans out his combat future, or lack thereof, MMA pundits are left to discuss the aftermath of his UFC arrival. According to Punk’s head coach, Duke Roufus, the 37-year-old wrestler-turned-fighter will one day reenter the cage.

“He’s got some stitches (around) his eye and he had some cauliflower ear that blew up during the fight so he has to get those healed up,” said Roufus in a recent interview with Sherdog. “I know he wants to get back on the mat and keep working. I had a plethora of promoters reach out to me but I’m not his manager. People have shown great interest in working with him.”

While Punk may be eager to get back to action and prove he has more to offer than what he showed in his defeat to Gall, Roufus believes he must take his time before he dives in head first, again.

“The game is faster, stronger, more explosive in the Octagon and that’s the lesson that I think he learned the most, is to train more and work harder,” added Roufus. “I think we’re going to see him do some jiu jitsu tournaments to get some more competition rounds in as well… I think he’s going to (fight again).

Whether or not Punk decides to fight again, he may not have a home in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. UFC president Dana White said so.

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Muhammed Lawal says CM Punk proved himself a fighter at UFC 203

There weren’t many positives to glean from CM Punk’s long-awaited mixed martial arts debut. The former WWE superstar, whose real name is Phil Brooks, suffered a lopsided defeat via first-round submission at the hands of Mickey Gall at UFC 203, failing to land a single significant strike over the course of the two-minute fight and prompting many veteran fighters within the game to revel in Punk’s unfortunate night.

But not all of the reception to UFC 203′s special attraction was negative. Several UFC veterans lauded Punk for his willingness to jump headfirst into a dangerous place like the UFC Octagon, knowing full well the hazards of the sport. And former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Muhammed Lawal, who also has dabbled in pro wrestling with a past gig in TNA, believes that the 37-year-old Punk proved that he belonged in MMA simply because of the way he handled adversity once the going got tough against a jiu-jitsu brown belt like Gall.

“My silver lining is, [Punk is] a fighter. Here’s why I say this. Any normal man would’ve tapped when he’s getting beat up like that, and would’ve quit,” Lawal said Monday on The MMA Hour.

“Man, he didn’t quit. He was getting pummeled, he got put in every bad position, he was flattened out getting hit. And you know what? He kept on trying. There are people, there are vets, there’s some champions out there who’ll tap to strikes. But you know what, he kept he fighting and got submitted. So I can give him that. He went out there to win. He tried. That’s all you can ask. Next time he’ll do better.”

Punk trained for nearly two years at the Roufusport gym in preparation for his UFC debut, although some of that time was spent with Punk sidelined by lingering back and shoulder injuries.

It ultimately ended up mattering little, as Punk found himself in survival mode within the opening seconds of the fight as Gall took the former professional wrestler to the canvas and methodically worked to secure the fight-ending choke. Still, Lawal doesn’t fault the rookie for his mistakes.

“Here’s the thing, man, he’s new to the sport,” Lawal said. “He jumped in head first and I could tell he felt good. The crowd didn’t get to him, but when he got in the cage, his nerves got to him, because when the fight started, instead of settling down and moving around a little bit, he shuffled forward in kill mode — not using his tools, because he was in a good camp. Duke Roufus knows his thing, he knows his stuff, so I’m pretty sure he was like, ‘when you go out there, feint, use your jab, set something up,’ but CM Punk was in kill mode and just forgot, just didn’t implement the gameplan. It takes practice, it takes time.

“He’s been training for two years with Duke Roufus, putting in work. I text him here and there to check up on him, see how he’s doing and see if he’s feeling good, and man, he was serious about it. You could see his body change. He was pumped up. A lesser man would’ve just found a way to not take the fight, or found a way to pull out, but he didn’t. He stepped up to the plate and took a swing.”

While the end result of UFC 203 may not have been what Punk was hoping for, the ancillary factors surrounding the event appear to have been a big success. The pay-per-view is expected to have performed better than the last few events headlined by a UFC heavyweight title fight, and much of that success at the box office rests on Punk’s shoulders.

It is also why Lawal disagrees with the complaints made by some of his contemporaries, many of whom were upset to learn that Punk banked a purse of $ 500,000 for his debut fight.

“In hindsight, yeah, he’s worth that,” Lawal said. “You know why? Because if he would’ve fought sooner, the hype would’ve been even bigger.

“People are intrigued, people are tuning in to watch. So they can complain about him not being worth $ 500,000, but all those people complaining probably watched the fight. … I’d bring him back. He wants to fight. I think that it’s great when a guy like that puts in time and effort and puts it all on the line. People will say that, oh, he shouldn’t be in the UFC. But the UFC signed him, so you know what, give him a chance. Let him fight out his contract. This is a dream for him, just like when Herschel Walker fought. Herschel Walker wanted to fight, they gave him a chance, he did it.”

At this point, it is unclear what the UFC and Punk intend to do regarding Punk’s status moving forward. Punk reiterated numerous times in the lead-up to UFC 203 that he wanted to fight in MMA more than once. He echoed those sentiments after his loss, and while UFC president Dana White was much more noncommittal about staging a sequel for Punk in the Octagon, Lawal hopes that Punk continues on with his martial arts journey — perhaps in Bellator, depending on how the cards fall.

“I think he’ll fight again,” Lawal said. “I think he wants to. I don’t know if the UFC will allow it, because I don’t really know what the UFC is doing. I don’t really keep up with them. I just keep up with fighters who I’m cool with in the UFC, but I hope he gets a chance to fight again. If he doesn’t, hey, come on over to Bellator, dog. We’ll get you a fight over here too. … We’ll book him up.”

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CM Punk: A Cautionary Tale

If there’s one principal to live by when it comes to combat sports it’s this: you need to be all in or not all. Phil “CM Punk” Brooks had his first and possibly last fight at UFC 203 this past weekend. Now, before you start thinking that this will be a roast of CM Punk, let me save you the time and tell you that you’re dead wrong. If anything CM Punk should be commended for putting everything on the line. In fact, he took MMA very seriously and was all in.

But sometimes it isn’t enough.

What Phil Brooks had to learn on Saturday night is usually something that individuals learn early on in their fighting careers on a local circuit, with few eyes on them. It’s in the small time shows that a person realizes if they have that absolute drive to compete at the highest levels of the sport. Unfortunately CM Punk took another route to the big show.

CM Punk chose to fight his first match in the UFC with millions of eyes on him. Granted, that takes a ton of heart and grit, but ultimately it proved that combat sports aren’t something you simply experiment with. When it comes to fighting it takes a certain dedication, more than simply saying “hey, I’ll give this a shot.” It takes a single-minded commitment nearing on obsession.

Dammit, it still sounds like I’m being harsh on CM Punk. But in reality, whether you love him, hate him, or feel anything in between, you do have to respect the man. Fighting in front of a crowd of individuals in a nerve racking experience. To do so in front of millions is something else entirely. CM Punk put himself on the line and that is something remarkable to behold. But where he may have failed, perhaps another UFC hopeful will examine the story of Phil Brooks and see exactly where he went wrong and right. Who knows, CM Punk’s inspirational turn as a short-lived mixed martial artist is exactly the kind of tale that will allow others to ask themselves the tough question. Just how bad do you want it and what are you willing to go through to get it?

What do you think of CM Punk’s MMA saga?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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