‘Of Course, He Can’t Fight in the UFC’- Alistair Overeem Makes Fun of Former WWE Star CM Punk’s Return to Pro Wrestling

Published 08/24/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – MAY 16: Alistair Overeem of the Netherlands reacts after his TKO victory over Walt Harris in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 16, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC heavyweight elite, Alistair Overeem mocks former WWE Champion, CM Punk’s return to pro wrestling. The latter recently made his debut for All Elite Wrestling, a rival promotion of WWE. ‘The Second City Saint’ held numerous records in WWE, including one of the longest world championship reigns of 434 days.

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Overeem, who will fight Glory Heavyweight Champion, Rico Verhoeven, at Glory: Collision 3 in October, recently appeared in ‘The MMA Hour’ show hosted by Ariel Helwani. ‘The Demolition Man’ severely broke down CM Punk’s UFC career and explained what could have happened if he had stayed longer.

“Listen, why did nobody warn CM Punk what he was getting into? Of course, he can’t fight in the UFC. You should have been more honest. You should have warned that guy of what he was getting himself into,” Overeem said on the show.

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“That man got mentally destroyed in the octagon. And if you look at his WWE stuff… I never watched his WWE stuff, but if you look at it, you can already predict it beforehand (that) this man is going to have a bad, bad experience in the UFC.”

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He further added, “He’s going to win, and he’s going to get somebody tougher, or he’s going to lose, and he’s not going to lose once, it’s always two or three times, and he could get hurt. That’s the even worse thing. He could have gotten really hurt.”

CM Punk’s UFC career

For the unknowns, Punk had a brief stint with the UFC. After partying ways with WWE in 2014, he made his debut in the octagon against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2016. He lost the match via rear-naked choke in round 1.

His second match resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Mike Jackson at UFC 225. But recently, the decision was overturned to ‘No Contest’ after Jackson tested positive for marijuana.

How did Alistair Overeem fare recently?

Overeem will go down in history as one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. A professional career with 60+ fights speaks volumes about his impact on the sport. Prior to his exit from UFC in March this year, he had picked up 2 wins in his last 3 fights.

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‘The Demolition Man’ demolished Walt Harris via TKO in a coming from back victory at the UFC Fight Night event in May last year. He then picked up a TKO win over Augusto Sakai later in September.

His last fight for the promotion came against Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 184. He lost the fight via TKO and shortly was released from the promotion.

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It will be interesting to see if ‘The Second City Saint’ has a ‘Pipe bomb’ in store for ‘The Demolition Man’. For now, both can concentrate on the task in their hands for their respective new promotions.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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