UFC created a lot of headlines last week when they announced the signing of former WWE Champion CM Punk on a multi-fight deal.
Punk left WWE back in January one day after Royal Rumble in one of the most acrimonious exits in wrestling history. The former champ then let fly this month on a range of controversial topics that led to his decision to walk out on the company.
But shortly after slamming Vince McMahon and the WWE on Colt Cabana's The Art of Wrestling Podcast, Punk made the even more controversial decision to join UFC, a move some see as a clear betrayal of WWE.
Diaz is not a fan of CM Punk
But amongst all of those WWE fans and personnel that have been critical of Punk's decision, there are also important people in UFC such as fighter Nate Diaz who hate the idea of CM Punk becoming an MMA fighter. And Diaz spoke on Friday about his frustration at Punk's arrival.
“I don’t dig it,” Diaz told MMA Fighting. “He has got no fights. I know he’s a big draw. I looked him up. Everyone’s going to buy tickets. It’s going to be great for the venue and the UFC, but at the same time, it downgrades all the fighters.”
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Diaz went even further in the frank and honest interview with some particularly explosive comments.
“He might do great, but why does he get a chance? He’s an amateur. You’re going to put an amateur in there with pros? That makes us all amateurs, so I think it’s ridiculous. As far as I’m concerned, f-ck him, f-ck the whole situation. Anybody who takes that fight is tripping.”
It's safe to say that Diaz does not like UFC's decision, but as far as President Dana White is concerned, CM Punk sells, and White will certainly get his money's worth from Punk.