Bellator MMA play-by-play commentator Sean Grande recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated Extra Mustard to promote this weekend’s big Bellator 170 event. During the interview, he was asked about CM Punk’s future in MMA. Grande noted that he is biased on this question and that he has been a fan of Punk for many years. “But he’s absolutely on the somewhat long list of UFC fighters I think would be better served in Bellator.” He noted that’s the true irony in Punk ending up with the UFC. He said that when all of the free agent fighters come to Bellator, they talk about the freedom within the promotion and that they enjoy themselves as well as the feel respected from Viacom.
As of this writing, the belief is that Punk will fight at least one more time for UFC. Bellator MMA President Scott Coker has already shown interested in Punk if Punk was let go by the UFC.
When asked which pro wrestler he’d bring in to fight Bobby Lashley in Bellator, Grande said that there’s no doubt that the money fight to make is Brock Lesnar vs. Lashley. He noted that if you had control over time and space, then the answer could be a little more intriguing. He noted that he recently asked Kurt Angle if the landscape had been different in 1998 if he would have chosen MMA over pro wrestling. He said that Angle told him that he would go into MMA.
You can read the entire interview here.