Chael Sonnen dives into the tale this is CM Punk within the UFC.
In the autumn of 2016, former WWE celebrity CM Punk stepped into the octagon for the primary time at UFC 203 in opposition to Mickey Gall. Punk was once submitted by means of a "rear naked choke" two mins into the primary spherical of the battle. Fast forwarding two years later and CM Punk has an upcoming battle in opposition to Mike Jackson on June ninth at UFC 225 in Punk's place of birth of Chicago, IL.
One guy who has June ninth rotated on his calender and has his eyes locked in at the impending battle is the 30-15 Chael Sonnen. In one in every of his 'Beyond The Fight' movies on his private YouTube channel, Sonnen broke down the tale of CM Punk in UFC and even supposing Punk has best had one battle, Sonnen dove into the hype that got here with the previous WWE celebrity, and weighed in on how he perspectives the matchup between Punk & Jackson.
"I've always liked the CM Punk story, and I've always thought the story was mistold." Sonnen said. "It was always kind of a perception that you were getting a big-name guy, coming over, who was gonna suck all the air out of the room just because he's a big-name guy and doesn't deserve it. I'm seeing the same thing happened to Ronda going over to WWE, and there is some truth to it. But in CM Punk's case, he was willing to put it on the line. I mean he stepped away from wrestling. I know he had his contract dispute with Vince and maybe it wasn't all his all his choice, maybe it was maybe we'll never get that whole story," he endured, "I don't know if it makes any distinction. He dedicated absolutely and immersed himself to this objective within the recreation of MMA. I feel that was once lovely cool and a courageous factor to do. He went available in the market, excess of his head, and attempted. And when it didn’t cross his method he mentioned, ‘I wanna try again’. He didn't return to the pretend wrestling, he didn’t cross do any of that stuff. He may have… any person check out that once more. Continued to immerse himself, endured to sacrifice, and now he’s gonna take his blouse off in his place of birth and stroll available in the market once more. You make your personal choice on that however that’s the tale. It's now not the opposite direction round that this giant megastar came around and he's leaving with all of the cash and all of the consideration and all of the, you already know, filling up the principle card and taking spots and alternatives clear of folks its now not that… he’s given a possibility. There was once a possibility given to Mickey Gall, and now to Jackson. I imply there is a chance when you’ll be around the ring from a man who's gonna carry consideration in. So bury Punk all you wish to have simply just be sure you do it with that knowledge, and that you just do it as it should be if you wish to pick out on him you cross proper forward. But that’s what’s taking place."
Sonnen shared that he does now not imagine that there will likely be true a winner or a real loser within the bout. Chael then went directly to state that the cause of Punk's shortcomings in his earlier battle was once that he got here in with numerous steam which robotically positioned him a foul place when it got here to matchmaking.
"I don't think there's any loser in this situation in my own opinion." He expressed. "I don't have to walk out there, I just don't think there's a loser in this situation. I think the fans get a little more something. I think CM Punk gets matched up a little more appropriately, that was the dark horse. Nobody knew what to do. Everybody’s vouching for him and they were largely vouching for him because he was famous and they wanted, you know, say nice things about a cool guy. I think that built an allure that harmed him in the matchmaking. So now we've seen it, we've got some footage, got him an opponent that they think is appropriate. Doesn’t mean they think he’s gonna win, doesn’t mean they think he’s gonna lose. If they think they got him an appropriate opponent then those guys can go figure it out. I don’t really know if I have an opinion on who I think is going to win the fight, but I’m glad its happening." Chael said. "I don’t think its screwing up rankings, any divisions. Is it a little spoofy? Is it a little gimmicky? Yeah its all of those things. Yeah every now and then, Dana will go do something like that. Every now and then he’ll do a James Tony, every now and then he’ll bring a CM Punk. But every now and then, you know, Lesnar was a little gimmicky too. It just happened to work and took him all the way to a world championship. So, you don’t always know. If you got the right guy and he’s willing to put in the work, you can get a mandate from the masses that say we’re willing to buy a ticket, and you give him his shot. Now you’ve got to spread those time periods out, we’re in one right now, I’m all for it."
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