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A Pro Wrestling Education To The Hardcore MMA Fan – The Punk Spunk

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There have been a lot of criticisms hurled at the UFC signing of CM Punk and I feel it is mainly due to the negative perception MMA fighters and fans have of pro wrestling. I’m not writing this to change your negative opinions of the CM Punk signing but rather provide you with a better understanding of what pro wrestling is, my thoughts on the situation as a fan of both and of course, attempt to draw “cheap heat”(a pro wrestling term for the bad guys in pro wrestling to gain animosity from the audience).

*Note: There will be plenty of pro wrestling terms that I will explain along the way.

Ken Shamrock left MMA in 1997 to join the WWF.

Ken Shamrock left MMA in 1997 to join the WWF.

I started watching pro wrestling since the 90s and Ken Shamrock who was a pro wrestler in the WWE(known as the WWF back then) was the man who got me watching MMA; Mainly Pride FC and UFC on top of other promotions. MMA didn’t stop me from following pro wrestling although I stopped following WWE after Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero dropped their titles but was and still is an avid follower of the minor leagues like TNA & ROH. When CM Punk made his infamous “shoot” promo (which I will explain more later) on live TV, I regained my interest in watching WWE where CM Punk became the longest reigning WWE champion(434 days) in the modern era.

Is pro wrestling fake?

Wrestling is as fake as your Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme movies. Like how people would pay money to see Jet li beat up twenty guys at once, pro wrestling is as such albeit to a live audience.. Coreographing moves, fixing pre-determined finishes and creating scripted fueds between pro wrestlers usually a good guy vs a bad guy (Some do have real life hatred between them which tends to add up to their on TV fueds).

Ex- UFC fighter Dashon Johnson who have been criticized of being padded to a 9-0 record

Ex- UFC fighter Dashon Johnson who have been criticized of being padded to a 9-0 record

Some would agree that certain elements in pro wrestling is similar to MMA to an extent for example, Goldberg (a pro wrestler) had an undefeated streak demolishing jobbers (equivalent to cans in MMA, also known as meat in the South East Asian region) in WCW and so does Dashon Johnson who was notoriously demolishing fighters with negative win records and made it to the UFC.

But MMA is real dammit! People get hurt!

Well surprise! Pro wrestlers get hurt wrestling in pro wrestling matches too.Though pro wrestlers should never intent to hurt one another, accidents do happen and there are many famous incidents in pro wrestling history where the wrestlers mutually agree to take real kicks or punches or a slam on a concrete floor. It is also noteworthy that unprotected chair shots to the head (where wrestlers doesn’t use their arm to protect their head) have led to concussions and WWE eventually banned unprotected chair shots in 2013.

Brock Lesnar was famous for toughing out unprotected chair shots(link above, best quality we could find) and some would argue that it is somewhat related to how he toughed out Shane Carwin’s ground pound for the most part of round 1. Pro wrestlers more often than not spend their lives busting in the gym to keep in shape. Drugs and PEDs are reportedly rampant so as to endure the type of punishment they have to deal with every other day.

Ok,Ok! I get it they are tough. But Punk is 0-0, with zero martial arts background and who is he to rain on the parade of fighters who have already paid their dues?

As I mentioned the infamous “shoot”(unplanned, unscripted or real-life occurrence within a wrestling event) promo earlier in this article, CM Punk, whose WWE contract was expiring, rose to stardom when he was given an opportunity to speak about his frustrations with his current company on and a live telecast event. In line with the majority of the pro wrestling fans feelings abut the current state of WWE, CM Punk criticized WWE’s policy of pushing stars undeserving of the limelight when he was arguably at the time considered as the best wrestler in the ring and also the best speaker on the mic. His controversial speech peaked when he said ” This company will be better after Vince Mcmahon (WWE owner) is dead” turned into an overnight sensation where he was called up to appear on various talk shows and radio podcast all over America. With this in mind, as a well known persona in the entertainment industry CM Punk would definitely be a great influence to increase the popularity of the UFC and MMA as a whole.

Cm Punk rolling with Rener Gracie

Cm Punk rolling with Rener Gracie

Though his Kempo and BJJ background might be questionable, he has revealed of his great rapport with legitimate MMA gyms AKA, ATT and Roufussport(it would be interesting to see him here after Ben Askren’s infamous tweets about him) and it would be safe to say that he will be training with the best MMA have to offer. The speculated time of 6 months preparation seems extremely short for him to be ready for the UFC but it would be interesting to see what these world class gyms could make him into.

But it’s a no brainer that UFC would match him up with a guy who he could easily win.

Now that would be left in the hands of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby. Despite the backlash these past few days, fans and fighters alike will definitely be tuning in to claim their preconceived notions. Either way, it should be a win win for the UFC, if and only if they match him up with someone the majority of MMA fans considers legit. If he does fail miserably, UFC would already have made a handsome profit off the deal could take it on the chin and apologize stating it was a mistake. Though punk was game to fight, not everyone can survive in the octagon but if he succeeds, the skeptics shall be a believer and MMA with the help of Punk’s success could be bigger than ever and as a fan of both I am more inclined towards the latter. All and all, UFC made a calculated risk and I have full trust that the UFC would be smart enough to prevent their company and MMA as a whole drown in the depths of mockery that they are currently floating in.

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  1. James Jayme

    December 9, 2014 at 1:56 am

    What about signing guys with zero question on their resume? Kron Gracie? Shinya Aoki or maybe Ben fucking Askren? Even Gabi Garcia will make changes for women’s MMA. CM Punk signed by the UFC is really crap. That turns the most elite MMA organization to a circus.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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