No. 3 ranked heavyweight and upcoming title contender, Alistair Overeem talked at a UFC 203 media lunch about his upcoming fight with Stipe Miocic. However, that didn't stop "The Reem" from giving his thoughts on some of the biggest stories in MMA.
When asked about how he thinks former WWE superstar, CM Punk would fare in his UFC and pro MMA debut, Overeem did not express much confidence in the former wrestler's chances.
"He's getting a lot of attention, but I don't think it is going to be in his favor. His division — He's a welterweight right? — that's a very hard division. For me, he is making a mistake."
Overeem does appreciate the fact that CM Punk wants to test himself, but feels that fighting in the UFC is not going to take him anywhere.
"He doesn't know what he is getting himself into. He's talking about 'Oh I want to test myself.' He is going to be tested. Two things are going to happen. Either he is going to lose and quit, or he's going to win and he's going to lose later and quit. ... I do have to respect that he's testing himself. I am hoping for the upset, because we all love upsets. I am hoping that he does great."
Overeem also opined that this fight will be a proving ground for Punk, as well. He must come out and prove to all his haters that he is worthy of this shot in the UFC, that he's not just hype.
"In the end of the day, we are going to find out what CM Punk is made of."
Though he wished him luck, and hopes for him to come out on top, Overeem was not impressed by CM Punk's "white-belt" level BJJ. He offered up some advice:
"Keep your hands up," Overeem joked. "You got to keep on going. Don't give up on the first hurdle that you encounter."
Overeem, along with the rest of the UFC and MMA fans, will be waiting to see how CM Punk stacks up against the fighters in the fairly deep talent pool of the welterweight division. He takes on Mickey Gall, September 10, at UFC 203, in Cleveland, Ohio.