Every day there seems to be more wrasslin news intertwined with MMA. I figure 10 years from now the two sports will be scissoring eachother like a couple of female Olympic golfers, and I will be forced to shoot myself in the head to escape the blending worlds of fiction and reality. Things haven’t quite hit that point yet, so let’s take another small step towards my suicide and cover what’s been up in the world of fake fighting vs real fighting.
First, some guy named CM Punk isn’t impressed that Nike has decided to sponsor Jon Jones:
WWE superstar C.M. Punk is furious with Nike … claiming the sportswear giant is sending a HORRIBLE message to kids by signing UFC champ Jon “Bones” Jones … who happens to be a convicted drunk driver.
FYI — Nike announced it signed Jones to a MAJOR global endorsement deal yesterday … a deal likely worth millions of dollars.
But moments after the announcement … WWE champ C.M. Punk unloaded on The Swoosh … saying, “Let’s reward more drunk drivers with endorsement deals! #responsibility.”
Maybe CM Punk should take some time out of his busy schedule to watch the shows he’s on. Jones could crash a thousand Bentleys into a thousand telephone poles and he’d still be a better role model than anyone with any involvement in the cesspool known as WWE Raw.
Next up, human stick of beef jerky Batista’s foray into MMA now has more details:
Batista’s MMA debut for the CES promotion will take place from the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. As noted before, the October 6th fight will be against heavyweight Rashid Evans, not to be confused with the UFC fighter Rashad Evans. Tickets go on sale today through Ticketmaster and are priced at $20, $35, $55, $75, $125 and $250. The event will indeed air live on DirecTV pay-per-view.
Batista is currently training at his gym in Florida and highlights from his eight-week training camp will air in a four-part series on DirecTV beginning at 6am on October 6th.
Wow, what promotion! At 6am on the day of the fight you get four episodes of Batista training. Good thing he’s a master seller.
“RASHAD! ER, I MEAN RASHID! TONIGHT AT THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER, YOU BETTER BE PREPARED! BECAUSE ONE OF THE MOST TRAGIC INCIDENTS IN YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE AS I GET MY COBRA CLUTCH ON YOU AND BEAT YOU FROM POST TO POST. THERE IS NO HIDING PLACE IN THE OCTAGON – ER, I MEAN SEPTAGON – WHERE MY FURY WON’T BE FELT. AND ALL THE FANS IN RHODE ISLAND AND DIRECT TV VIEWERS AROUND THE WORLD WILL TREMBLE AS I DESTROY RASHAD … RASHID, RASHID! AND EMBARK ON MY QUEST FOR CES GOLD. OOOOOH YEAAAAAH!”
Last but not least, Diego Sanchez has an interesting influence on wrestling. His ‘Yes’ chant was appropriated by a WWE wrestler named Daneil Bryan and has become a pretty big hit over the years. Here’s what he thinks of the situation: