"I think it has to be somebody with some level of credentials," Fertitta told Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com. "It's not just going to be some guy off the street. It's going to be somebody who is a professional mixed martial artist -- certainly somebody who MMA media will recognize and know."
Ideas on Punk's debut opponent have ranged from veteran fighters already on the UFC's roster to up-and-comers without Wikipedia pages, but Fertitta admits that 'most likely' we'll see something closer to the later.
"But I'm going to defer to Joe Silva," Fertitta said. "We'll let him bring two to three names to the table and we'll figure it out from there. But I guarantee you it will be a competitive guy."
Fertitta certainly hasn't been caught off guard by criticisms of the promotion signing a 36-year-old man with no competitive background, but considers the move to be 'fighter development.'
"We knew there was going to be backlash," Fertitta said. "At the end of the day, we did our research and we talked to the people he's trained with. We're going to find out what he can bring to the table. We're confident he has the skills to fight. We don't know exactly what level yet. Sometimes, you've got to invest in what we call 'fighter development.' We've done it before and guys have developed into very competitive fighters, and we've done it where guys have not."
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via R.Drew.
Jon Jones has recently made it clear at the post fight press conference of UFC 182 that he doesn't have plans to move up to Heavyweight anytime soon. It seems likely that at the very least he wants to beat Anderson Silva's record for most title defences first, Anderson has 10 and Jones is currently sitting at 8, so simple math would tell us he needs 2 more to tie it and 3 more to beat it (assuming of course that Silva doesn't get his title back, and add on to his total again.) Lets take a look at the division behind Jon ‘Bones' Jones and see who he has to beat to get himself there.
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