UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor seems a bit torn over the promotion's decision to allow a retired professional wrestler with no competitive experience whatsoever to compete alongside him in the sport's premier organization.
McGregor understands the appeal of wrangling the elusive and dreaded 'casual fan,' but would have preferred for 36-year-old CM Punk to first prove himself elsewhere.
"I don't have no problem with it," McGregor told Severe MMA. "If you bring something with you to the table, you get a seat. I feel a lot of fighters feel they get in and get signed by three letters: U-F-C. And that gives them a certain right, but you must bring something to the table.
"As far as the CM Punk thing, he has a different fanbase, the WWE fans. To be honest, it's weird to me to let an amateur come in and do it in the pro game. I mean, who knows what his skill level is like? I would like to see it the way they done it with [former UFC heavyweight champion] Brock [Lesnar]. Brock had one or two fights in the smaller league. Brock was a different animal all together. He had Division 1 All-American wrestling status. He was a freestyle wrestling champion. Plus he was a f***ing monster of a man."
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Stating mostly concern, McGregor sounds more worried for the man's health than anything else.
"CM Punk? I don't know," said McGregor. "Listening to him speak, when I heard the broadcast announcement I saw a man afraid. Like he signed up for something he didn't want to be. When the shin bone cracks the body or the elbow cracks or the heel cracks... It doesn't get much more real than that. Personally, I don't think he should be in this league just yet, but again, you bring asses to the seats, you bring eyeballs to the screen and we will give you a shot."
McGregor faces Denis Siver Jan. 18 in the main event at UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver in Boston, Massachusetts.
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12/13/14 is a victory! pic.twitter.com/eCSbh37GMW— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) December 14, 2014
Huge respect to @gonzagabjj a true warrior and you've done more things in your career than most everyone that's ever fought here. thank you— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) December 14, 2014
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I want to thank my corners and friends that came out to phoenix and help me get the win. Leister III Bowling... http://t.co/fLm6zsQmY9— Drew Dober (@DrewDober) December 14, 2014
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Sorry to @Cruickshank155 and fans. I did not mean to do eye poke. Hopefully he has fast recovery and we can do again. So bummed.— KJ Noons (@kjnoons) December 13, 2014
Yancy Medeiros (@ymedeiros) December 13, 2014
Always love the looks I get at the airport the morning after a fight— Jessica Penne (@JessicaPenne) December 13, 2014
My Nose is fine for the peeps asking, It always bleeds. now to deal with the shittest thing coming... http://t.co/NJyzk3ycI3— Joanne Calderwood (@DRkneevil) December 14, 2014
Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) December 13, 2014
Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) December 13, 2014
Better luck next time.
And by the way @junior_cigano is a hell of a fighter and a really nice guy. Thank you for the battle man.— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) December 14, 2014
There are way worse things in life then losing a fight, looking forward 2 the future. Getting in there was 1 thing, finding the old me is 2— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) December 14, 2014
Guys what do you think about this text ? I lost and when I get in the lock room I see this in my phone !! After 9... http://t.co/bU3LcT4YrC— gabriel gonzaga (@gonzagabjj) December 14, 2014
Willie Gates (@WhOopassWilliE) December 14, 2014
Thanks to all. I'll be back. Thank you to the UFC for talking care of me. I love you guys. I great morning. http://t.co/LgR8gF4Pzv— JOE RIGGS (@DIESELRIGGSMMA) December 14, 2014
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Joe Ellenberger (@JoeEllenberger) December 13, 2014
Thank you to all my supporters you guys make me hungry for victory! Thank you UFC for the tremendous opportunity... http://t.co/erq6QofpJx— Anthony Birchak (@abirchakMMA) December 15, 2014
Rose Namajunas (@rosenamajunas) December 13, 2014
Great things will come from this learning experience, thanks to all of you in my corner. Thank you all for the huge amount of support!— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) December 14, 2014
Headed to surgery now. Hopefully I have a speedy recovery and can get my rematch asap. pic.twitter.com/F4bg45EViB— Daron Cruickshank (@Cruickshank155) December 13, 2014
Joe Proctor (@JoeProctor) December 13, 2014
I live to fight another day once again I only have myself to blame... give me a fight to the death... http://t.co/3LWQuFyaFv— 'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) December 13, 2014
I had a really good nude to post if I won. Sadly just deleted that shit. Next time chumps.— Angela Magana UFC (@AngelaMagana1) December 13, 2014
Sunday night work in the books. I'm extremely focused for this fight. Gonna show a completely... http://t.co/I08eiMliz6— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) December 15, 2014
Joe Rogan (@joerogan) December 12, 2014
Get well soon.
Drive on.— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) December 15, 2014
Back in the CLE and back in my BED. Might not move for 2 days.— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) December 15, 2014
Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 14, 2014
@DerekBrunson strutting threw the lobby like nothing is wrong punked out last night 5 mins before fight see you at the airport dog!— Ed Herman (@EdHermanufc) December 14, 2014
@EdHermanufc besides you ain't bout that life . Cut it !— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 14, 2014
@EdHermanufc work on your wrestling . You're disrespectful and I'm kinda pissed. Our next cage encounter should be epic .— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 14, 2014
This twitter release was fun @EdHermanufc. I won't be seeing u at the airport. We're gonna do it when the world is watching. See u soon :-)— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 14, 2014
Can't believe you'd be so disrespectful in the toughest sport in the world where ever fight counts @EdHermanufc.You r gonna get the best me— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 14, 2014
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.
I just watched the UFC on Fox 13 press conference. JDS and his sunglasses and face are going to give me nightmares. Stipe isn't faring much better in the post fight speech test and bruise test.
I'm right now suggesting this should be the end of 5 round non-title fights. I feel guilty to be honest, because it was entertaining, but there was nothing justifying such a long fight. The results on their bodies says it all. There was no belt. There was no title fight money up for grabs.
The reason it needs to end? Simply because there is no need to put fighters through such pounding when all they are doing is working toward title contender status.
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