Back when Chael Sonnen was preparing to face Michael Bisping at an event earlier this year, reports of WWE superstar CM Punk being in the corner of Sonnen picked up steam. The card was held in Chicago – the hometown of Punk’s – but, according to reports, either his schedule, WWE chairman Vince McMahon or a combination of both kept Punk from cornering Sonnen.
Well, Sonnen went on to win the fight and secure the title of No. 1 contender in the UFC’s middleweight division. Now, he’s on schedule to face Anderson Silva for the belt later this year in Brazil at UFC 147: Silva vs. Sonnen 2. In a recent interview with ESPN’s James Walker, Punk talked about why he’s such good friends with Sonnen, and the slim chance of him going with the challenger to Brazil.
I think the reason Chael and I are good friends is because we are both extremely honest. He shocked the world last time when he took it to Anderson. His takedown is second-to-none, and that’s Anderson’s weakness. They match up on paper beautifully. Chael has to take him down and grind it out. Obviously, I’m in Chael’s corner. I would love to be down there in Brazil, literally, in Chael’s corner. Because that just seems like my kind of environment, you know. I’d love to start a riot with my homeboy.
Punk, who is set to compete this coming weekend at Wrestlemania 28 against Chris Jericho, added that his schedule forces him to work most Saturdays, so the odds of him being with Sonnen don’t appear good.
If there is ever an opportunity for pro wrestling and MMA to come together, Sonnen and Punk seem to be the perfect tag team.
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