No, CM punk will not be rated an 85 overall on the new EA Sports UFC game.
The former WWE superstar, whose real name is Phil Brooks, will actually be the lowest-rated fighter in the game until, ya know, he actually fights. EA Sports UFC 2 creative director Brian Hayes confirmed the news during a livestream on Twitch with Demetrious Johnson early Wednesday.
"CM Punk in the beta right now is an 85, which is just placeholder." Hayes told Johnson. "But the Internet just lost it’s mind over CM Punk having an 85 rating. That’s not what his rating is going to be when the game comes out.
"I’m pretty sure CM Punk, when the game locks in, is going to have the lowest overall rating in the game. But when he does have his first fight, if he just lights it up and looks like a prodigy, we’ll have to go into the servers [and bump him up].
So the MMA community can collectively let out a sigh of relief that CM Punk isn’t rated higher than guys like Tim Means and Erik Perez.
Here are some additional welterweight rankings from the beta stream:
Robbie Lawler — 93
Rory MacDonald — 92
Hector Lombard — 90
Neil Magny — 88
Rick Story — 88
Tim Means — 84
You can watch the entire livestream below. It’s more than two hours long and there’s a lot to take in but Johnson and Hayes do a great job of breaking down all the features, including a roster of over 250 fighters.