In a recent interview with ESPN, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins discussed whether anyone on the UFC roster could make the transition to WWE.
Rollins also didn’t hesitate to throw shade at CM Punk who had an abysmal UFC career.
Punk fought twice in the UFC and lost both matches.
You can check out some highlights from the interview below:
On who could fight in the UFC: “No. They don’t have the stamina for it. They don’t fight every single weekend. This championship goes everywhere. It goes everywhere. It goes to like Biloxi. Especially the top stars over there, they are catered to a certain way. That’s great, that’s their style, that’s what works for them, I understand that, you fight maybe once or twice a year. You’re crazy, you fight three times a year. To fight over 100 times a year, make all those towns, still be able to train, still be able to do all the media, it’s an exhausting industry. I don’t want to knock Ronda Rousey because I love Ronda and she did a lot for our industry, women in our industry, and the fight industry in general, but it was tough for Ronda. She tried her damndest and it was hard for her. I’d love for somebody to come over and take a crack if you think you can hang, but it’s hard.”
On if he wanted to call out anybody: “I’ll call them all out. I don’t care. Try it out. I can’t do what they do. I’d go in there and get knocked out and choked out in two seconds. I’d probably do better than Punk [CM Punk], but I would still lose, most likely. They can’t come and do what we do either. They are the same umbrella, but two totally different worlds.”
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In a recent interview with ESPN, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins shared his thoughts on whether anyone from the UFC roster could successfully transition to the world of professional wrestling. Rollins also took the opportunity to throw shade at former WWE superstar CM Punk, who had a less than stellar career in the UFC.
CM Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, made the bold move from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts in 2014. However, his UFC career was far from successful, as he lost both of his matches in the octagon. Despite his background in professional wrestling, Punk struggled to adapt to the rigorous demands of MMA.
When asked about the possibility of UFC fighters making the transition to WWE, Rollins expressed doubt. He stated that UFC fighters lack the stamina required for the demanding schedule of professional wrestling. Unlike UFC fighters who may fight once or twice a year, WWE wrestlers perform over 100 times a year, traveling to different cities and balancing their training and media commitments.
Rollins acknowledged that top stars in the UFC are catered to a certain way and fight less frequently, which works for them. However, he emphasized that the WWE schedule is exhausting and requires a different level of commitment. Rollins also mentioned Ronda Rousey, who successfully transitioned from UFC to WWE and made significant contributions to women in both industries. However, he acknowledged that even for Rousey, it was a challenging transition.
Despite his doubts about UFC fighters transitioning to WWE, Rollins did not shy away from calling them out. He stated that he would be willing to face any UFC fighter in the ring but acknowledged that he couldn’t do what they do in the octagon. Rollins humorously added that he might fare better than CM Punk did in his UFC career but would still likely lose.
The interview with Rollins sparked discussion among fans and media outlets, with some agreeing with his assessment and others believing that certain UFC fighters could successfully transition to WWE. Regardless, Rollins made it clear that while both industries fall under the combat sports umbrella, they are two entirely different worlds.
In conclusion, Seth Rollins shared his opinion on whether UFC fighters could successfully transition to WWE in a recent interview with ESPN. He expressed doubts about their ability to handle the demanding schedule and emphasized the stark differences between the two industries. Rollins also playfully called out UFC fighters while acknowledging that he couldn’t do what they do in the octagon. His comments have sparked debate among fans and media, highlighting the unique challenges and differences between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.