During the UFC Fight Night Liverpool Post-Fight Press Conference, UFC President Dana White was asked about former WWE wrestler CM Punk (with MMA record of 0-1) being on the UFC 225 PPV, while MMA Legend Alistair Overeem (who beat Brock Lesnar in UFC) being demoted to the prelims of the UFC 225 PPV.
Dana said the following regarding this:
“Listen, when Alistair Overeem sells as many pay-per-views as CM Punk does, we can argue.”
Dana was then asked if this will be Punk’s last fight in the UFC if he loses and Dana said yes.
You can watch it below:
It should be noted that when Punk made his MMA debut at UFC 203 in 2016, Alistair Overeem fought for the UFC Heavyweight Championship against the current champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of that PPV (and lost).
Speaking of Punk, during a recent edition of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, UFC commentator Joe Rogan talked about how CM Punk shouldn’t have a fight on a PPV event.
Below are the highlights:
On Punk’s entrance for his UFC debut:
“What was really weird watching him walk to the cage was he was approaching it like a pro wrestling fight. Cause he had done so many of these pro wrestling matches that he was walking to the cage with pro wrestling mannerisms and everything and I was watching this and I did like an internal head shake. Like oh f***.”
On Punk fighting Mickey Gall being a bad idea:
“It was a terrible idea. Whoever on his side said that he could fight Mickey Gall, you’re out of your f***ing mind. Watch that kid fight once. That kid is very good on the ground. Very good. Stand up’s not bad either. He’s tough as s*** and he’s smart. He’s clever and he’s mean. He’s a mean f***er.”
On Punk’s upcoming fight with Mike Jackson at UFC 225 not being PPV worthy:
“It shouldn’t even be on the ‘Tuesday Night Contender’ show. It should be in some amateur event somewhere. That’s really what they are. They’re guys learning how to compete. They’re in the first fight on the PPV. That’s f***ing crazy.”