UFC News: Cathal Pendred Rips CM Punk, Confirms Interest In Fighting Former WWE Star
Last week, a Twitter war between new UFC signee CM Punk and UFC veteran Cathal Pendred began, and now, the social media feud between the two has some fans hoping that the two of them will be allowed to settle their beef inside the octagon.
The feud between the two started when Pendred posted a clip from a CM Punk interview, where the B-roll showed Punk hitting pads at Roufusport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Pendred poked fun at Punk, saying, “CM Punk on the pads making me look like Muhammad Ali.”
Punk responded to Pendred’s tweet by posting a video of Pendred twirling around inside the octagon, and mocked it by saying, “Everybody watch out for that ‘Ali like’ movement.” Punk also called the UFC veteran boring, although he said it in a much more abrasive way.
Pendred appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, and he expanded on his beef with the former WWE wrestler, saying that his original tweet wasn’t meant to insult Punk, it was meant to insult himself because, in his words, his own stand-up game hasn’t looked too good since his UFC career started.
“I didn’t even call him out last week. I put out a tweet with a short clip of him hitting pads, and I didn’t use his Twitter handle or tag him in it or anything. I just put the video up. And you know me, as the Irish say, I’m always having a little bit of ‘craic.’ I was actually more wrecking the p*** out of myself than I was CM Punk. Everyone knows my stand-up hasn’t looked too beautiful since my UFC career started. And I just said, look at this guy, he makes me look like Muhammad Ali hitting the pads. So, I was actually just insulting myself in a half-hearted way.”
Pendred went on to say that “I’ve seen boxercise classes where people were hitting the pads better than that.” He also confirmed that he’s interested in being CM Punk’s debut opponent, as the two of them will be fighting in the same division.
“[CM Punk] is the lottery ticket. I think every fighter should want that fight that’s in the UFC. There’s a lot of money to be made, and I’m one of the guys that’s on his division, so I definitely wouldn’t turn it down.”
As for when CM Punk will finally debut, well, nobody knows. Punk has said that he’s in no rush to jump inside the octagon. The common belief is that he’ll fight either in December or January. UFC 194 takes place on December 12, and the UFC has already announced three gigantic fights for that card — Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor for the UFC featherweight title, Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold for the UFC middleweight title, and Ronaldo Souza vs. Yoel Romero. So, there’s a chance that CM Punk vs. Cathal Pendred could be added to the event to make it even bigger than it already is.
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