CM Punk not allowed to accompany Chael Sonnen at UFC on Fox 2
Mr. Pipe Bomb gets shutdown by the boss.
According to MMAFighting.com, WWE Champion CM Punk confirms he will no longer accompany UFC fighter Chael Sonnen to the Octagon on Saturday, January 28 for UFC on Fox 2. The network TV televised event emanates from Punk's hometown of Chicago, Ill.
Punk claims WWE chairman Vince McMahon nixed the idea, but the reasons why are unclear. On the surface, it looks like Punk may just have some WWE obligations, but I'm sure McMahon doesn't want one of his top stars accompany his competition's top stars on national TV. Sure, mixed martial arts and pro wrestling are different animals. MMA is real. Pro wrestling is predetermined. However, both compete for pay-per-view dollars and for the most part, the UFC is still kicking WWE's ass in that department, although WWE has a greater number of revenue streams outside of PPV than UFC.
You would think McMahon would let his WWE Champion get some mainstream exposure, considering his wrestlers have accompanied boxers such as Manny Pacquiao before, but I understand UFC is a more consistent PPV threat to WWE than boxing.
UFC on Fox 2 takes place the night before Punk is scheduled to defend the WWE Championship against Dolph Ziggler at the Royal Rumble PPV. Sonnen, who is a big pro wrestling fan, is set to take on Mark Munoz in a no. one contender's bout, with the winner presumably facing UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva later this year. UFC on Fox 2 is also headlined by Demian Maia vs. Michael Bisping and the five round main event of Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis.
UFC on FOX 2: Evans vs. Davis
Saturday, January 28, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Ill.
Main card on FOX at 8pm/ET
Light Heavyweight bout: Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis - The winner is expected to receive the next UFC light heavyweight title shot against Jon Jones, although Dan Henderson might have something to say about that.
Middleweight bout: Chael Sonnen vs. Mark Muñoz - The winner is expected to receive a UFC middleweight title shot against Anderson Silva, when he returns from shoulder surgery.
Middleweight bout: Michael Bisping vs. Demian Maia - The winner is expected to receive the next middleweight title shot against the winner of Sonnen/Munoz vs. Silva.
Preliminary card (Fuel TV)
Lightweight bout: Evan Dunham vs. Nik Lentz (Lentz filling in for an injured Paul Sass)
Cody McKenzie Shane Roller vs. Michael Johnson. McKenzie is injured, so Roller fills in.
Heavyweight bout: Mike Russow vs. John-Olav Einemo
Featherweight bout: Cub Swanson vs. George Roop
Featherweight bout: Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely - This is Oliveira's featherweight debut, after one no contest and a TKO loss to Donald Cerrone at lightweight.