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LOS ANGELES — Forward of Friday’s Combate Americas occasion, commentator and behind-the-scenes government Alberto Del Rio spoke to us about the way forward for the fledgling MMA firm, however he additionally talked to us about a couple of extra issues, like his prediction for the subsequent CM Punk UFC battle, and his insistence that not solely is he not showing on the Biggest Royal Rumble, he didn’t even know that occasion was happening.

WITH SPANDEX: CM Punk’s has his second battle developing towards Mike Jackson, and he’s been full time in MMA for a pair years now. How do you are feeling like he’s going to do in his second battle?

Alberto Del Rio: I believe he’s gonna do nice. I do know he was bashed by everybody after his first battle, however, to be sincere, I don’t assume he did a nasty job in that battle. I imply, he acquired caught by a man with extra expertise than him, that’s the best way it’s. That’s the best way the game works, typically you win, typically you lose, and you’ll be the most effective fighter on the planet and you’ve got somebody submitting you, simply since you shut your eyes for a fraction of a second. That’s the best way it’s in MMA.

So me figuring out and understanding the way it feels to be inside that cage, inside that ring, the stress, particularly for somebody like Punk, who’s a unbelievable man. He’s a very good man with a very good coronary heart, and he had lots of people towards him simply because he turned his again to the professional wrestling enterprise, and a few loopy followers had been upset or they felt disrespected as a result of he ended up turning his again to the professional wrestling enterprise. But it surely’s as a result of they simply don’t perceive it.

On the finish of the day we’re like every other particular person on the market, we need to strive new issues, we have now the correct to make errors. We have now the correct to go and check out new issues, and if these issues don’t work, return to what we had been doing at first. We have now these choices like every other particular person, and I’m glad to listen to, as a result of I didn’t know he was going again and he’s gonna have one other battle.

I’m glad he’s getting one other alternative, and I’m fairly positive he’s going to grab this chance, this time. He’s a sensible man, so I’m fairly positive he’s been doing a number of sparring, as a result of that’s what it’s essential do now. When you [master] the approach, and also you haven’t had so many fights in your life, it’s a must to battle within the fitness center like each single day. Not simply sparring, however actual fights within the fitness center with your pals, together with your coworkers, or with the folks serving to you to coach … so I’m fairly positive he’s going to do a very good job.

If he had been to be out of his UFC contract, would Combate prolong a proposal?

Positively. Utterly. If he’s not in UFC, simply because I do know he’s doing it as a result of he has the fervour for it, however he’s additionally doing it for the cash. If he remembers that I’m one in all his good pals, and he minimize me a very good deal, I’ll positively have him in Combate.

Do you speak to him usually?

It’s been some time. As a result of he was busy and I used to be busy, however now that I do know this, I’m gonna give him a name.

Now, Bobby Lashley simply got here again to WWE. We had been doing a little analysis on it. Bobby Lashley’s presently signed to Bellator, and Brock Lesnar presently underneath contract with UFC, and it’s the primary time since Frye/Takayama in Japan that we’ve had two lively skilled wrestlers signed to totally different main MMA promotions, and the primary time at WWE since Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock. Do you’ve gotten any ideas about that type of ambiance, the place you’ve gotten these two folks underneath totally different contracts to totally different MMA corporations, underneath the largest pro-wrestling firm?

I believe it’s nice. It’s straightforward for a multi-billion firm like WWE — it’s for an organization like that to rent anybody. So I’m glad Bobby Lashley is again in motion with that firm, ’trigger he’s a unbelievable man. He’s one man that goes and busts his ass for the corporate each single day. He’s not a kind of guys simply desirous to carry out 10 instances per 12 months and taking all the cash and taking all of the glory. He’s one of many boys. I’m actually comfortable that he ended up coming into an settlement with WWE, and I’m fairly positive it was for a very good amount of cash. I want him the most effective and I do know we’re gonna be seeing him round, not simply in professional wrestling exhibits, but in addition in MMA.

You’re now not with Affect, and also you in fact, famously gained the largest Royal Rumble to this point, is there any probability you’ll be displaying up for the Biggest Royal Rumble, which is the 50-person Rumble, and try to stake your declare to …

Is that what they’re doing?

Saudi Arabia, in a pair weeks.

I didn’t even know that, ’trigger folks — they don’t consider me once I say that I don’t watch wrestling, I don’t learn the grime sheets, I don’t go to the web. I’m going and do my exhibits, I learn what I’ve to learn, if it has to do one thing with my enterprise or no matter I’m doing in the intervening time, however I didn’t even know that. It doesn’t shock me, as a result of I used to be in shock that they let me maintain that award for thus lengthy, particularly figuring out that I used to be not going again there, or that I used to be not working for them.

That’s nice, however no, I gained’t return, as a result of folks preserve forgetting that I left the place. I used to be by no means fired as a result of they didn’t wanna use me or something like that. I left the place, I didn’t need to be there anymore, as a result of I needed to do issues like this, like Combate tasks, issues that make me comfortable and let me stick with my household, that enables me to spend time with my household. Final time I had a dialog with them, they needed me for a similar quantity of days, for a similar kind of deal, and naturally that’s not gonna occur, so. It’s nice. I don’t know who’s gonna find yourself profitable that Royal Rumble, however I believe it’s nice that they’re gonna have a — [what are they] gonna name it?

The Biggest Royal Rumble.

The Biggest, the one profitable the Biggest Royal Rumble of all time.

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