While the whole world awaits CM Punk stepping in the octagon on September 10 as a part of UFC 203, the man has begun making the rounds through the press. Earlier today, he hopped on the phone with Peter Rosenberg at ESPN Radio for a lengthy conversation regarding his impending debut.
Discussing the recent news of his underdog status against Mickey Gall, Punk wasn’t phased, commenting, “There’s no nerves. If I’m an underdog, that’s cool. If I’m not, that’s cool too.”
Punk’s not the first former WWE performer to try to transition into MMA—he’s following in the footsteps of fellow Paul Heyman guy (and former UFC Heavyweight Champion) Brock Lesnar. And when Punk decided to make the move, he didn’t hesitate in reaching out.
“Right at the beginning, [Lesnar] was excited about it. He offered to help. He said, ‘Bug me any time you want, I’ll answer all the stupid questions you got,’ and then he gave me some advice. Brock’s a nice guy when he wants to be.”
Punk wouldn’t say if he is going to walk out to “Cult of Personality” at UFC 203, but he did have no problem talking about the elephant in the room: Regardless of how his MMA career goes, does he see himself ever stepping back into the squared circle?
“No, I don’t think so. It is one of those never-say-never things. I just like to cover all my bases just so some internet dweeb isn’t gonna be like, ‘You said you’d never wrestle again!’ [But] with WWE? No, absolutely not. But you know, you never know — I could pop up here and there.”
Punk also talks about Daniel Bryan’s in-ring career coming to an end as well a healthy dose of Cubs and Blackhawks chat. You can listen to the whole interview below: