CM Punk has never been one to bite his tongue and the UFC fighter, still feels weird to say that instead of WWE superstar, doesn’t mind letting his critics know exactly how he feels about them. On this week’s MMA Hour Podcast, Punk spoke about the people saying he’s bad for the UFC and his choice to transition into MMA.
“It’s nice,” he said. “They want to see me fight. As much as they pretend, ‘Oh this is terrible for the sport, we hate him, we’re not gonna support it,’ they’re gonna watch it. They want to watch it. That’s the funny thing about it.”
Punk admitted that the UFC making his contract announcement last winter put a lot of pressure on him and at times he wishes he could wait longer before revealing his MMA decision to the world.
“Some days I wish that,” Punk said. “It also wasn’t my call. I wasn’t the one that called them, they called me. I suggested, ‘Hey why don’t we wait until I’m ready to fight?’ And they were just like, ‘Nah, f*ck it. We’re gonna do it right now.’ Alright.
“Some days are better than others mentally for me. I think, ‘Man, it would have been better if we waited.’ Other days, I don’t think about it.”
Once again his haters became the subject of the discussion and Punk let it be known that he is in the UFC to compete and not be a sideshow.
“They can say it’s a PR stunt,” Punk said. “They can say whatever. But I know I’m gonna get my day in the Octagon and I’m gonna have fun doing it. I just try to ignore all the silliness. Some days it gets to me, and I don’t ignore it. And then I remember, oh yeah, that’s why you do ignore it. Because I fed the trolls. Don’t feed the trolls.”
With his recent injury it’s hard to tell when he’ll make his debut but it’d be great to see him debut on a stacked UFC 200 card.