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Fighters and Trainers Answer: Is Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks Ready for His UFC Debut?

Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks makes his professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) debut on Saturday, at UFC 203. Now almost 21 months removed from this surprising career change, and with almost as much time spent training, finding an answer to the question; “Is Phil Brooks ready for his debut?” is readily available.

After his signing with the UFC, Brooks quickly chose to do his training with Duke Roufus, at his well-respected Roufusport gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is the home of MMA stars like former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and ONE Championship welterweight kingpin Ben Askren.

Recently, cable network Fox Sports 1 debuted a four-part series—The Evolution of Punk—chronicling his journey towards fight readiness. With that footage available, along with the knowledge we have of Brooks before training, we felt it was a good time to get thoughts from personalities within the industry. And see if he has had enough time to prepare for his bout on Sep. 10.

MMASucka: CM Punk has been training towards an MMA debut for the better part of 19 months (he missed two months due to shoulder surgery). In your opinion, is that enough time for his coaches at Roufusport to get him prepared for UFC-level competition? It should be noted Punk has had zero amateur bouts and has no notable ranking in a base martial art.

Colin Oyama (Owner and head coach at Team Oyama gym. He has over 18 years of MMA coaching experience): There is an entertainment value that the UFC wants, so that re-defines what “UFC-level” competition means. For example, in pro boxing any promoter can go out and find a “pro” to fight against any level of entry opponent. The UFC can probably do the same. But would he stand a chance against an average level fighter that’s competitive in the UFC circuit? I don’t believe so, not in 19 months.

Anthony “2 Ton Tony” Ciampa (3-0 Amateur heavyweight, fighting out of American Top Team): Honestly speaking, even though he was a physical-performance athlete, I think that it takes more than 19 months to be ready for a shot at the big leagues.

Leonardo “Danger” Perez (Featherweight fighter based out of Bonebreaker Gym, with 14 amateur/professional bouts): I don’t think he has had enough time to be competitive in the UFC. He just hasn’t had the experience in the cage. Training and fighting are two different things and he is jumping straight into the big leagues.

To read the full article, head over to MMASucka.com.

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Cheap Seats and The Stickman Podcast: June 20th, 2016

Latest edition of Cheap Seats and The Stickman podcast! On this episode we cover the E3 expo (for you gamers), the soon coming WWE cruiser tourney and some Hollywood news and notes (WOW box office numbers). Hope we have something for everyone and you enjoy!

Cheap Seats and The Stickman Podcast: WWE Mock Draft Part II

Here is part I of the mock draft for the upcoming WWE draft. And our first edition of the Cheap Seats and The Stickman Podcast. Hosted by Jason Burgos and Jose Maldonado.

If you dig it and want to listen to part I, head here…WWE Mock Draft Part I

Cheap Seats and The Stickman Podcast: WWE Mock Draft Part I

Here is part I of the mock draft for the upcoming WWE draft. And our first edition of the Cheap Seats and The Stickman Podcast. Hosted by Jason Burgos and Jose Maldonado

To here the rest of the draft give Part II a listen.

A New Age in the WWE Tag Team Division is Upon You

For the better part of the last decade, the WWE Tag Team division has seen a dearth of development. It has become a landing spot for stagnated singles careers, instead of a destination for unique and original tag team gimmicks.

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Cheap Seats Song of the Day: Wrestlemania Theme – 1993

Its coming, Wrestlemania is just a few days away. What better way to prepare than reliving the corny awesomeness of the 1993 theme?!?!

Contemplations on a WWE Brand Extension: Why it’s “Best for Business” and Could Be Done Better

In 2002 the WWE came up with an innovative business strategy. They split their company’s roster of talent into two separate promotions, or brands. The Raw brand and its opposite, the Smackdown brand. By 2011 the initiative had run its course and the two shows’ rosters were merged once again. However, with the recent return of Shane McMahon, rumors are abound of a possible return of the “brand extension.”

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After losing to Brock Lesnar, has the annual Undertaker bout at Wrestlemania lost your interest?

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Chris Jericho and A.J. Styles Show That Terrific Non-Title Story-Telling is Alive and Well

Story-telling is one of the unique characteristics that makes an athletic spectacle like professional wrestling special. However, in recent times it seems like good story telling in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) only comes when a championship belt is the impetus for a rivalry. A.J. Styles and Chris Jericho are showing fans, and their contemporaries in the company, a feud between two performers can be very successful without “the gold” being on the line.

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Mauro Ranallo Joins WWE as the New Voice of SmackDown – via WWE.com

As a long time wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts fan this is pretty damn exciting! Ranallo is one of the most talented and diverse announcers in the business. Having called major events for the defunct MMA organizations Pride FC and Strikeforce. He has been the lead announcer for Showtime Boxing for several years now and has recently called the American feed for New Japan Pro Wrestling. One of the very best in the business is now joining the number 1 wrestling promotion in the world. Great add for WWE!

Mauro Ranallo joins WWE as the new voice of SmackDown