If you're one of many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who cringes every time we mention World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), now's probably a good time to click here and get the heck outta Dodge.
Those of you sticking around may (or may not) get a kick out of today's report that WWE Champion and longtime pro wrestler CM Punk will be escorting Chael Sonnen to the Octagon prior to his middleweight fight against Mark Munoz at UFC on FOX 2 on Jan. 28, 2012, in Chicago, Illinois.
MMA Fighting has the details:
World Wrestling Entertainment champion CM Punk will escort Chael Sonnen to the cage prior to Sonnen's fight against Mark Munoz live on FOX, according to sources close to Sonnen's camp. When reached for a comment, both Sonnen and Punk, a proud native of Chicago, as well as a long-time MMA fan, would not confirm the story, which was first reported by MMA.tv poster FrontRowBrian Tuesday night.
According to the same sources, Punk will not corner Sonnen during the fight. He will simply walk Sonnen to the cage, much like former WWE champion Batista did with Manny Pacquaio prior to "Pac Man's" May 2009 bout against Ricky Hatton.
But is this taking it one step too far?
Give us your reaction to this unusual pairing for the upcoming fight card in the "Windy City," for which you can learn more about right here.