This past December, CM Punk became the most controversial topic in all of mixed martial arts when he signed with the UFC. Punk, who is 37, has no professional mixed martial arts experience, and because of that and the fact he's beginning his MMA career in the number one organization in the world, he's become the sport's most polarizing figure.
Punk is used to being a polarizing figure as he was just that throughout his professional wrestling career. One of the men who helped him become that was his mentor and former WWE creative team member Paul Heyman.
Heyman appeared on theStone Cold Podcast last Monday night on the WWE Network, and, shockingly, both "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Heyman went into great detail about Punk's future in the UFC, which is something that WWE executives probably didn't appreciate.
When asked about CM Punk's chances in the UFC, Heyman said that Punk is man enough to accept whatever happens to him whenever he finally does step into the octagon.
"I think he firmly believes he is either going to step in that Octagon and shock everybody by beating somebody's a**, or he's going to get punched in the face and knocked out or tapped out and beat up, and I think that he's very accepting of the fact that that's a possibility. He's man enough to walk in there and take his chances."
Punk -- who was fired by WWE last June after abruptly walking out of the company -- made millions during his days in WWE and isn't hurting for money. When Punk did sign with the UFC, some people speculated that he was doing it because he was in need of money, but Heyman promises that money has nothing to do with Punk going to the UFC. Instead, it's been a longtime goal of Punk's, and it's something that he felt he needed to do.
"I don't think money is the motivating factor in CM Punk's life whatsoever. I think it's the challenge to do this. This is something he's been eyeballing since he was a kid, and I think he looks back and he probably regrets not getting into it five or six years earlier, but this was the time to pull the trigger on it."
CM Punk's UFC debut date and opponent are still unknown, but it's extremely likely that he'll fight before the end of this year, possibly in November or December at the very latest. According to his coaches and training partners, Punk is coming along nicely, and should be ready to step into the octagon within the next couple of months.
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