Seth Rollins insists he would ‘do BETTER’ than rival CM Punk – who lost both his fights – if he was to try his hand at UFC… as the WWE star admits the promotions are ‘totally different worlds’ following merger

  • Rollins and Punk were set to face off at April’s WrestleMania before latter’s injury
  • Punk had two fights in the UFC in 2016 and 2018, but he lost both bouts
  • TKO recently became the umbrella¬†company of both WWE and UFC in a merger

Seth Rollins has insisted he would do better than CM Punk in the UFC if he was to make the jump to the sport.

Rollins has forged a Hall of Fame-worthy career in the WWE, and is currently the World Heavyweight Champion on the RAW brand heading into WrestleMania.

After initially finding success in the company in his faction ‘The Shield’ alongside Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, he eventually went solo and has been one of the most popular stars of the last decade.

There have been a few crossovers between WWE and the UFC in recent years, with the likes of Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey and CM Punk performing in both promotions at some point in their careers.

There has generally been varied success with the stars that have done so, and Rollins, who is unlikely to make the crossover, has once again shot on his arch rival Punk.

Seth Rollins insists he would 'do better' than rival CM Punk if he were to compete in the UFC

Seth Rollins insists he would ‘do better’ than rival CM Punk if he were to compete in the UFC

Rollins and Punk (right) are rivals in WWE but have also clashed in real life in the recent past

Rollins and Punk (right) are rivals in WWE but have also clashed in real life in the recent past

Punk tried his hand in the UFC in 2016 and 2018 but lost both his fights, with the second eventually being declared a no contest

Punk tried his hand in the UFC in 2016 and 2018 but lost both his fights, with the second eventually being declared a no contest

Speaking to ESPN, he said: ‘I’ll call them all out. I don’t care. Try it out. I can’t do what they do. I’d go in there and get knocked out and choked out in two seconds.¬†

‘I’d probably do better than Punk, but I would still lose, most likely. They can’t come and do what we do either. They are the same umbrella, but two totally different worlds.’

WWE and UFC now stand under the same parent company, with TKO forming the merger when they purchased WWE at the back end of 2023.

The partnership has led to rumours of some of the stars in their respective promotions appearing on the other, though with the UFC being competitive and the WWE more performance-based, that could be difficult.

Punk disappointed in his two fights in the promotion before returning to professional wrestling and eventually WWE

Punk disappointed in his two fights in the promotion before returning to professional wrestling and eventually WWE

Rollins admitted WWE and UFC are 'two totally different worlds' despite their recent merger

Rollins admitted WWE and UFC are ‘two totally different worlds’ despite their recent merger

Punk, meanwhile, tried his hand at UFC in 2016 and 2018, originally losing both his fights, with the second overturned to a no contest after Mike Jackson tested positive for marijuana.

He lost his first fight to Mickey Gall in the first round, and eventually went back to professional wrestling with first AEW then WWE having disappointed in the octagon. 

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