As if Chael Sonnen (Pictured) needed to stir up any additional hoopla for his fights. According to FrontRowBrian (which was later confirmed by MMAFighting), Sonnen will be accompanied to the Octagon by reigning WWE champ CM Punk when the UFC makes their return to FOX.
Punk will not corner the self-proclaimed “UFC middleweight champion” in his top contender bout against Mark Munoz, but he will be a member of his entourage on the way to the cage.
While some believe the professional wrestler’s involvement might serve as a distraction for Sonnen, the partnership makes sense on certain levels. According to reports, the talented mic men have become close friends over the last several months and Punk is an avid follower of mixed martial arts.
Punk is also a Illinois native, which should help Sonnen’s fan support. The event takes place inside the United Center in Chicago.
Still no word if Munoz intends to counter by having “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan and his trusty 2×4 serve as his escort on January 28th.