Former WWE Champion CM Punk (Phil Brooks) recently gave an interview to Fox Sports. During the interview, Punk had a couple of comments on his time spent in wrestling that will surely attract a great deal of attention in wrestling circles.
CM Punk is currently training at Roufusport mixed martial arts academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The facility is about a 90 minute drive from Punk’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois, and CM Punk is currently training full-time at the facility, gaining as much experience as he can. The 36-year-old Punk faces an uphill climb, as he is joining the fight game at what is generally considered a late stage in his career, though Punk has impressed many current MMA fighters in the few months that he spent at Roufusport.
Punk realized that if he wanted to fulfill his dream of fighting in the UFC, this was the time to do it. He had an answer for critics who asked why he made the career switch at his current age.
“Because I’m not getting any younger. I’m the kind of guy that jumps at an opportunity. I’m sure you’re going to ask, and I understand all the criticism levied towards myself and UFC, but at the end of the day I’m the one getting in there, I’m the one putting my neck out on the line. If I fail, I fail in front of the entire world.”
Later in the interview, CM Punk was asked about his time spent in WWE. According to Punk, he no longer watches the product regularly. However, when asked whether or not he watches his wife’s (AJ Lee) work, Punk responded, “I will, yeah, I will watch her stuff. Chances are she’ll only tell me to watch when she’s excited about something.”
CM Punk went on to tell Fox Sports that his dream in wrestling was always to wrestle in Japan (he mentions being a big fan of All Japan Pro Wrestling growing up), but when Punk joined WWE in 2005, he felt he was at a stage in his career where he needed to prove that he could draw money.
When asked if he regretted signing that WWE contract, given how his time with the company ended, CM Punk responded in a way that may shock some within the industry.
“Well, yeah, of course. Like I said, I don’t live my life with regrets. I don’t even think there’s really situations where I wish I would’ve handled myself a little bit differently. I wish I would’ve punched one or two people in the face. But, no, I wouldn’t change a damn thing. Absolutely not.”
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