In a recent episode of his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, mixed martial arts (MMA) expert and UFC commentator Joe Rogan discussed former WWE Champion CM Punk’s UFC 225 performance this past weekend.
Punk took on former Houston, TX Golden Gloves winner Mike Jackson in a three round welterweight contest. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, getting virtually dominated throughout the entirety of the fight. Rogan wasn’t too big a fan of Punk fighting in the UFC, and said that Punk doesn’t have any physical talent like other athletes who make the transition into MMA:
“The whole thing was very weird,” said Rogan. Like, right away, when you see CM Punk holding his hands up and moving stiff and throwing kicks, [I’m like], ‘oh Jesus.’ Like, I don’t like that being on pay-per-view. I understand that they are selling pay-per-view cards, but pay-per-view in the UFC should be the elite fighters. It’s like you took a dude [with] no wrestling background, no nothing, and you go, ‘alright, this is what I want you to do. This is a jab.
“This is a right hand. When you throw a kick, I want you to pivot your hips. Go in there and spar. I mean, he just doesn’t have the ability to move his body right. There’s a lot of guys that you could take out there—track and field guys, or football players, and you could get them to fight better than him in a couple of weeks. Easily. Because they’re athletes. They’re athletes. They would understand how to shift their weight, [and] throw a punch… he doesn’t have any talent.
“That’s all it is. He just doesn’t have any physical talent. For whatever reason. Whether it’s his approach, his intensity. It’s not his coaching. He’s with Duke f–kin Roufus. If Duke just grabbed some dude from a gas station that has been drinking beer and smoking cigarettes his whole life, and had him in a fight in six months, how much can you possibly expect?”
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