19. Eric Bischoff On Rumors of Brock Lesnar Returning To UFC & CM Punk Possibly Going To Bellator MMA
During a recent edition of the Bischoff on Wrestling podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed the rumors of Universal Champion Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC and CM Punk possibly joining Bellator MMA if he doesn’t get another fight in the UFC. Below are the highlights:
On the rumors of Brock Lesnar returning to the UFC:
“Brock is a unique animal. He is capable of whatever he wants to put his mind to, clearly. I understand it. Brock probably wanted one more fight in the UFC. He probably wanted to end his MMA and UFC career on a high note. I think the fight with Mark Hunt left a bad taste in everyone’s mouth including Brock’s and it was not the way he wanted to end his MMA career. I don’t know Brock very well at all but I know the kind of guy he is and I can understand why he would consider making a return. More power to him.”
On rumors of CM Punk possibly joining Bellator MMA if he doesn’t get another fight in the UFC:
“It makes sense to me. Do I think it will be a good decision for CM Punk? I still don’t think he’s ever going to be a fighter. He’s too old, he doesn’t have any experience and fighting at any kind of a professional level is not just something you go to a junior college and figure out. You grow up as an amateur wrestler and you start wrestling at five or six years old. As a boxer generally you are learning that skill set in your early teens all the way up to your twenties before you are really at a level you can fight professionally.
As a martial artist I can tell you from experience that you don’t get close to being good at it until five, six or seven years into it. When you talk about skill sets and what you have to be able to do physically to be able to get in the ring with other skilled fighters. Who have trained their whole lives as wrestlers or boxing or real martial artists? You are never going to be able to compete with them. If Bellator is going to put CM Punk in an octagon will they give him fights with people at his level? Journeymen who are just looking to fight? Maybe that’s the approach. I don’t know but I would say that is a safer bet in Bellator than UFC.”