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I’m Team Punk

At last! The WWE is coming back to the UFC. But before you cage fighting purists throw somebody into an arm bar because CM Punk is getting into the Octagon, you need to get something straight: Dana White did not sign the character CM Punk. He signed the aspiring fighter Phil Brooks.

Based on some of the reaction… You would have thought White had already announced that Punk’s first fight was against Randy Orton or Batista. He’s not swapping out Bruce Buffer for Gene Oakerland. There will be no managers with megaphones allowed into the arena, and I personally guarantee when Brooks gets into the cage- he’s not going to hit anyone with a chair. But he might punch somebody in the face.

Brooks has trained Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai for years. He respects the sport. He’s saying all the right things. And so is President White. He’ s not just going to give this dude a big stage and a fight against somebody with a big name. How do I know? He told me.

And to the question of – How much does Brooks’ fame have to do with him getting signed? A TON. White has a business to run. Are you telling me you don’t want to watch the spectacle of a pro wrestler get kicked in the face for real? Hulk Hogan and The Undertaker will smash a dude’s head into a turnbuckle. But I just don’t think “Terry Bollea” and “Mark Callaway” are going to take hammerfists or work their ground game in the cage. Phil Brooks will. And he’ll run his mouth. This is the guy who told The Rock “Your arms are just too short to box with God.”

I’m intrigued. I’m Team Punk. And let’s see if his arms are long enough to swap out out his GTS* for a TKO.