Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by Wrestling Observer contributor David Bixenspan.
It nearly over 21 months ago, at UFC 181, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced it had signed former World Wrestling Entertainment star “CM Punk” Phil Brooks. With Brooks finally scheduled for his MMA debut this Saturday night at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall, Breen and Bixenspan look at the surreal path en route to CM Punk's first fight. The two dig into the much-publicized stories of Brooks getting beat up in Roufusport smokers, their impressions of Brooks' training footage that has emerged and the Ohio Athletic Commission's curious choice to license Brooks and even stranger explanation of that decision.
Breen and the “Between the Sheets” host also discuss how the pro-wrestling community's opinion of Brooks has changed over the last two years and should he be embarrassed as in the Octagon as most anticipate, how CM Punk's MMA foray will be remembered by both fans of the sport, as well as pro-wrestling fans, compared to the other infamous, real fighting attempts of pro-wrestlers.
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