Phil Brooks, more popularly known by his WWE persona “CM Punk”, is scheduled to make his much-awaited mixed martial arts debut at UFC 203 which takes place September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. He had signed with the UFC a while back, leaving professional wrestling for MMA, but it has taken a while for him to make it to the cage.
A lot has to do with preparation. Obviously professional wrestling is scripted (if you’re still not sure) and MMA is the real deal, so Brooks has definitely taken the switch very seriously. It takes years for fighters to hone their skills to a level substantial enough to compete at a certain level in the sport and Brooks has definitely put the time in.
Alistair Overeem isn’t the first to criticize CM Punk
But this hasn’t stopped criticism from being directed his way. Alistair Overeem, who challenges Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title on the same card, is the latest to criticize Brooks.
In a phone interview with Colin Cowherd, Brooks took the time out to offer his reaction to Overeem’s comments about his readiness for MMA. “I think he’s in for a hard time,” were Overeem’s words as Cowherd told Brooks.
Who’s got two thumbs and is going to get his ass kicked?
“I think Alistair’s in for a hard time. I think everybody is. I certainly think if you think you’re not in for a hard time, it’s probably when times are going to get the hardest,” said Brooks.