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Cole Miller says CM Punk has better ground game than 50 percent of current UFC fighters

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Okay, so he doesn't know how to throw a punch. At least his ground game is good!

How good?

Well, according to longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Cole Miller, CM Punk is better than half the active fighters on the ZUFFA roster, and will prove a lot of haters wrong when he makes his Octagon debut in late 2015.

The submission-savvy "Magrinho" talks to MMA Fighting:

"I think he'll do very well. I don't think he's trying to make a 10-year career out of this. But he's going to shake things up, whoop some ass and prove a lot of people wrong. I think most MMA fighters don't have any kind of ground. Most of them aren't good at all. Even in the UFC. There are plenty of exceptions, but when I say most, I mean more than 50 percent are nothing more than okay blue belts on the ground. I would rate CM Punk definitely above that. The UFC is a business and I guarantee it's definitely into protecting its brand and business. If you think they would sign somebody that's gonna go in there and suck and is not skilled, you're crazy. When did you see somebody in the UFC that completely sucked? Never."

I'm going to leave that last line up for grabs.

Punk signed with UFC earlier this month but did not (officially) align himself with a gym. In addition, he has yet to settle on a potential weight class, but expects to compete at or below the middleweight limit. When and were he actually makes his debut, remains to be seen.

But he's already the favorite in Miller's book. How about yours?

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