Much of the MMA-loving world groaned at the idea of granting a professional wrestler the opportunity to step into the UFC cage without any experience.
The brightest lights in mixed martial arts are dedicated to those who’d proven themselves in lesser known cages. To those who’d struggled day in and day out. Those who worked full-time jobs while training for fights against fellow no-namers.
As far as MMA diehards were concerned, CM Punk had no business fighting under the Zuffa banner. Were it left up to the former WWE icon, his journey to the UFC cage would have looked a bit differently.
He said during a fan Q & A in Chicago:
“I actually offered that to them, when they met with me. I said, ‘Do you guys want me to be on TUF?’ I’ll probably kill somebody in the house, but I kind of figured that was the route they were going with me. But they said no.”
It’s easy to understand why Dana White and Co. decided not to give Punk the opportunity to fight his way into the Octagon via The Ultimate Fighter. Sure, ratings for that season probably would have surpassed just about every other season.
But then the dream sequence ends and you realize Punk would have to face somebody much better than his presumable hand-picked opponent would be in the current scenario. He’d also be surrounded by a house full of guys who were all more deserving than the former pro-wrestler. All of whom would want nothing more than to ruin the UFC’s big pay-per-view payday.