UFC television analyst Joe Rogan doesn’t seem too happy that former pro-wrestling star Phil "CM Punk" Brooks is set to become a UFC fighter. The commentator and comedian recently spoke about Brooks, on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, and expressed concern about a person with literally no combat sports competition experience like Brooks getting to make his debut in the big leagues of the UFC.
"I also think it’s ridiculous for him to fight in the UFC," Rogan said (above).
"I think he should fight in a small organization. Take a fight in a small organization, build yourself up. I have always said that’s what should have happened with Brock Lesnar."
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Brock Lesnar, of course, debuted in the UFC after a single MMA fight in another organization. Before that, the WWE star was also an NCAA Division I wrestling champion, so he had worlds more competitive combat experience than Brooks, who has none.
It is, of course, hard to argue with the aproach that the UFC and Lesnar took with his fight career, as he didn’t need any "building up" to become a gigantic pay-per-view star in MMA, and was good enough to become the heavyweight world champion, beating legends like Frank Mir and Randy Couture, in the process.
The point is, Brooks is not Lesnar. Now that he’s had his debut delayed twice with serious injuries, the UFC still insists that Brooks will fight soon – against Mickey Gall.
Rogan is unconvinced, however. If Brooks does end up competing in the UFC, it will be interesting to see how Rogan covers and calls that bout.
"I don’t know what’s going to happen with that guy," Rogan concluded.