"It's cool. He's gonna come in, get his ass whooped and be gone."
This week on his podcast with FOX Sports Brown made it clear that he wasn't personally offended by CM Punk joining the UFC roster, but that it did catch him off guard.
"I thought the sport, the UFC, itself, was beyond that now," Brown said. "Bellator doing this, I could understand. I could see other organizations doing it. The UFC, I just didn't expect it."
Brown admitted he couldn't complain about the signing as long as it 'puts butts in seats,' comparing the former WWE star to UFC featherweight Conor McGregor.
"It's unfortunate that it comes to that, where someone has only had four wins and maybe a fifth soon and they're talking about a title shot. I shouldn't even say that. They're talking about a title shot because of the way [McGregor] talks. It's not because of what he's done, really."
Brown explained that while he personally sees himself as a fighter, he understands that the broader audience sees him as an entertainer.
"I don't have a problem with the UFC doing it," Brown said. "What I have a problem with is CM Punk being dumb enough to think he can do it. If he wants to come fight a real man I'll be standing there. I'll fight Tarec Saffiedine on [Feb. 14] and I'm the main event, everyone will be gone. I'll fight him right after Tarec if he wants."
Finding another silver lining, Brown hopes that CM Punk's grand experiment will serve to educate fans on just how much skill professional fighting requires.
"Hopefully what happens here is that all these keyboard warriors that are like, 'Oh I could go in there and fight' see that a legit athlete -- CM Punk is an athlete -- and they see him go in a get demolished by a prelim fighter or someone that also shouldn't be in there and they'll see this s**t is a little more than what you think."
Brown faces Saffiedine Feb. 14 in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Saffiedine in Broomfield, Colorado.
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It's on.— Nathan Quarry (@NateRockQuarry) December 16, 2014
This an a shakedown. #optedOUT— chael sonnen (@sonnench) December 16, 2014
PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN..."@SBNLukeThomas: MMA fan hostility to this lawsuit is the most MMA fan thing ever."— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) December 16, 2014
Ben Askren (@Benaskren) December 16, 2014
The law firms who filed suit against the UFC have recent victories over Google, Apple, Intel, and Dow Chemicals? Yikes.— Sean McCorkle (@BigSexyMcCorkle) December 16, 2014
Today is a game changer if your a fighter. Hopefully this improves the quality of life if you choose to fight as a profession— Ryan Jimmo (@RyanJimmo) December 17, 2014
@BitaNick its a number of things but every fighter I've ever talked to loves fighting but hates working for the UFC. It time for change— Ryan Jimmo (@RyanJimmo) December 17, 2014
It's early days of (not so successful) fighters v UFC but I can tell you who will be wealthy because of this. Lawyers.— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) December 17, 2014
MAYHEM NEVER SIGNED OVER HIS LIKENESS. MAYHEM IS MAYHEM. FOREVER, IN PERPETUITY.— ANONAMUS (@mayhemmiller) December 17, 2014
Fitch, Le and Quarry sueing the UFC. what do you think their chances are of winning? I just don't see how they could get anything.— Andy Ogle (@thelittleaxe) December 17, 2014
Get well soon.
Doc confident I won't need surgery. Will know more in a few weeks.— Jon Fitch (@jonfitchdotnet) December 17, 2014
I'm telling you guys stay tuned to reebok and myself big things are coming! I'm officially a Reebok... http://t.co/CMC4vzqFjJ— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) December 16, 2014
THANK YOU!!!! https://t.co/2QpgMxUxaL— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 16, 2014
Nam Phan (@NamPhanMMA) December 16, 2014
The reason that I'm number 1 contender and next to fight for the title, I'm active fighter, I've fought 4 times in 8 months,17fights in UFC— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) December 17, 2014
I'm also blessed to don't have any serious injury,— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) December 17, 2014
.@EdHermanufc see we didn't have 2 wait long.The octagon is way cooler than fighting in the airport or 4 free.Happy holidays gonna beat u up— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 16, 2014
@EdHermanufc you've got some nerves !— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 16, 2014
Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) December 16, 2014
Shake it for SQOR.
Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) December 17, 2014
Announced yesterday (Dec. 16 2014)
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