Bill Goldberg may be a former pro-wrestler just like CM Punk, but he adamantly believes the latter’s run with the UFC should be over.
Punk made his long awaited, Octagon and MMA debut earlier this month at UFC 203, and was quickly finished by Mickey Gall. Leading up to the bout, the vast majority of people believed Punk would lose the bout, as he did. But, no one really knew how Punk would look, and how the fight would go.
Well, since Gall stormed through the former WWE star, the consensus is that Punk will not be returning to the UFC for a second fight. Not anytime soon, anyways. Goldberg recently appeared on Submission Radio, and clearly he’s in agreement with that view (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“There’s no question he should not fight in the UFC. That would be blasphemy,” Goldberg said. “It would be a slap in the face to all the guys who work their asses off to make it to prelims on Fox, on undercards and on the main event card.”
“At the end of the day, from a promoter’s standpoint, from a competitor’s standpoint, from his standpoint, there’s no logic to him stepping in that octagon again. If he still has the passion for it and wants to train and compete, then yeah, lower-level shows are where he needs to be.”
It will be interesting to see what comes next for Punk. One would think he’ll look to fight again, even if it’s not in the UFC. He’ll also have no trouble lining up another fight, as his coach Duke Roufus recently reported.
Goldberg, it should be noted, has trained in kickboxing for years and operates his own kickboxing gym.