Is CM Punk biting off more than he can chew in the UFC?

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These days twitter proves to be as good of a matchmaker as either Joe Silva or Sean Shelby could ever hope to be.


The latest #twitterbeef is between two fighters who couldn't be further apart, when it comes to experience.

CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks), a former WWE star who is about to enter the octagon with no professional or amatuer bout to his name, is having a back and forth with Cathal Pendred (17-3-1).


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Pendred, a former World champion with Cage Warriors, has a wealth of experience inside the octagon.

CM Punk, however, has no experience of note relevant to the sport. Besides being a top athlete for over a decade, and having trained at Roufusport for the best part of a year, Punk is set to go toe to toe with a UFC calibre fighter. 

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The spat began when Pendred called out CM Punk when he famously signed a contract with the UFC.

There has been little said between the two though until this past week, when Pendred posted a video of Punk hitting pads at training.

Pendred posted the video with the comment:

Punk replied minutes later and the barbs continued to fly back and forth including Pendred calling Punk "A 40 year old washed up wrestler".

Pendred then appeared on Monday's edition of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani to discuss the beef between himself and Punk.

He attempted to explain that in posting the video of CM Punk hitting the pads, he was having a go at how bad his own stand up game had been in his past few fights.

However, he followed that up with another dig at Punk saying "I've seen boxercise classes, where people hit the pads better than Chick Magnet". 

He seemed to be relishing the prospect of being CM Punks first opponent, stating:

"The day he got signed by the UFC, I said Chick Magnet was a lottery ticket".

Even though Punk has been called out by many of the fighters on the roster, Pendred now believes that he is in "poll position", to get the fight.

While Pendred may be confident of getting the fight there are genuine doubts among the fans that any commission would even sanction a fight between the two.

Could it happen?

Pendred himself has become a polarizing figure in the UFC with some unconvincing performances of late.

He made his UFC debut in Dublin after reaching the semi-finals of TUF 19. He came back from almost certain defeat to finish Mike King, a fellow castmate of TUF, in that fight.

Since that fight he has had some questionable decision victories and most recently a loss to John Howard at UFC 189. One thing is for sure Pendred wants to meet Punk in the octagon as he believes it will be a big payday.

Will Punk be thrown in at the deep end in the UFC? If so, will he sink or swim? 

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