In addition to being a UFC announcer, Joe Rogan’s become a bit of a de facto ‘UFC Scholar’ because he’s witnessed the vast majority of the sport firsthand. CM Punk should heed Joe Rogan’s advice, and if Punk really wants to pursue a career in the UFC he should do so by training and competing his way up to the top.
But as Joe Rogan points out, for CM Punk it’s never been about actually becoming a successful UFC fighter. CM Punk’s most likely been out to get paid. He can pull in huge pay-per-view ratings and net a massive paycheck. If it takes getting his ass whooped in the octagon fo make his next million dollars then so be it, right?
Rogan had a fairly lengthy rant about CM Punk’s approach to UFC. If you’d prefer to read a transcription of the rant instead of watching the video you can find that HERE on UPROXX:
“Not to pick on CM Punk.”…“But the idea that CM Punk, with no competition experience whatsoever, is going to fight professionally in the biggest organization in the world? It’s a little offensive.“It’s contrary to everything anyone has ever learned about learning and teaching and getting better at martial arts. You don’t just jump into the deep end of the pool when you’re not some physical freak like Brock Lesnar or something like that. You’re talking about a guy that’s a good athlete, but CM Punk … there’s nothing unbelievable about him. He’s not some freak of nature. So I think if this guy really did want to do this and do it the right way, get him to go through it the right way like everyone else would. Get him to go through smaller organizations. Get him to learn martial arts properly.”
Joe Rogan’s advice? CM Punk should fight in a Jiu Jitsu match, a grappling match, or a kickboxing match. Do all of this before entering the UFC ring where he’s going to face seasoned fighters who have been competing in all of these disciplines for years. CM Punk will never be prepared to fight on the biggest stage if he doesn’t have a sense of what it takes to get there.
To read the rest of Joe Rogan’s rant you can head on over to UPROXX.