Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will give former WWE wrestler CM Punk a shot at mixed martial arts (MMA) infamy at the UFC 203 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place this Saturday night (Sept. 10, 2016) inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
But not without a fair share of criticism.
In addition to fighters like welterweight slugger Matt Brown (see those comments here), former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir is pissed off that a former pro wrestler with a 0-0 record is sharing real estate with a championship fight.
From his Phone Booth Fighting podcast (via MMA Fighting):
"I'm gonna be honest, it pisses me off. I don't like it. I'm trying to be impartial and not be a dick but the more we talk about this the more I'm getting angry at the situation because it's bullshit. This is not a legitimate UFC fight. We have these kind of fights in boxing ... they have those celebrity matchups where it's a name guy that shouldn't be in there getting in there with somebody that has a novelty to it and people might turn it on for the novelty act behind it but you wouldn't have it on the undercard of a Mayweather fight. We want to be in New York and we want to be legitimate and we want to be even with boxing and have that kind of credibility, and boxing wouldn't do this. I mean, they do do this but they don't put it on the same card with their championship fights. Watching him fight, I felt like I was down at the gym watching just normal guys that have no ambition to be fighters, just taking the class. I've seen some of the women taking the aerobic kickboxing class move better."
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Punk made the transition to combat sports in late 2014, but spent nearly two years on the sidelines battling injuries. Now, the 37-year-old rookie will finally get his hands dirty against Mickey Gall, a talented up-and-comer with a formidable submission game.
For a closer look at their UFC 203 showdown click here.