CM Punk appears to still be stuck in pro wrestling mode after souring on an interviewer in a recent piece for Complex.
The former WWE Superstar-turned-UFC Fighter (who’s never fought professionally in his life) blasted reporter Kevin Wong for asking him about his feelings moving from pro wrestling to mixed martial arts.
You have to read down a ways to get to the good stuff, but when you get there, CM Punk doesn’t disappoint.
Of any fears or concerns he may have regarding the transition, well, that part gets particularly testy.
“I get this question a lot, and it’s like you guys think I’m an idiot. Like I didn’t know MMA wasn’t pre-determined or something like that,” Punk says before giving Wong “side-eye.”
“Have you ever tweeted at me, ‘Hey, do you know what you’re getting into?'”
Wong answered that he hadn’t, to which Punk (birth name Phil Brooks) said that it “sounds like you might have.”
Wong then told CM Punk that he didn’t mean to put him “on the defensive.”
“I’m not on the defensive. Your question is insulting. You’re asking me if I know the difference between the WWE and the UFC?” he countered, a question Wong denied.
Wong also touched on the claims from fans that maybe he was going into the UFC as a publicity stunt. This, too, enraged the former WWE Champion.
“You say my fans say that? You’re mistaken. My fans do not say that. I wouldn’t say anything to them [my critics]. I don’t justify stupidity with an answer. I don’t give a s**t what anybody thinks of me, whether I’m going to fight or not. I know what I’m going to do…. If I did anything in my life based on someone’s negative opinion on me, I would never f***ing leave my house. My fans are people who don’t tweet negative s**t at me.”
While some could be critical of Wong for touching on the WWE aspects of Brooks’ career, at this point, it’s the only reason that CM Punk is now a UFC Fighter, and the only reason that people care to see him fight.
There is a great deal of naivety on Punk’s part to think that anyone wants to hear about his training; they just want to see him in the cage to get a sense of whether he belongs in the UFC.
Whether he likes it or not, he cannot be separated from the WWE history and questions with regard to how it relates to what he’s about to do because, until he steps in with his first opponent, he is still a wrestler, period.
Even so, Wong had tried to give CM Punk a chance to talk about his new craft prior to the line of questioning on the WWE/MMA transition.
However, Brooks wanted no part of that either. Wong’s question specifically pertained to anything Punk might have been working on in his game, to which Punk coldly said, “I work on everything,” causing Wong to press further.
“It’s a boring answer, because it’s kind of a boring question,” Punk said in what Wong claimed was the first time he made eye contact during their 25-minute interview.
“This is mixed martial arts. I’m not in there one day, working on one specific thing, I’m in there everyday, working on everything. My defense, my wrestling defense, my striking defense. And not only do you have to defend, but you’re being judged by three people who don’t always see what other people are seeing.”
So in other words, he didn’t want to talk about his new career either, which begs the question: why agree to the interview in the first place?
The full interview is linked above, and if you weren’t pulling for Mickey Gall to score a first round knockout over CM Punk when the two finally meet before — provided Gall wins his fight at UFC 196 — you will be afterward.
Maybe then, he will take MMA a little more seriously and stop treating it as WWE Lite.
Of course, this isn’t the first time CM Punk has gotten testy with the media.
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