CM Punk, the former WWE star recently joined Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast and discussed his stint in Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) following his career as a wrestler.
CM Punk opens up on his career transition from WWE to UFC
The former WWE Champion had left WWE in 2014 after his contract expired. He was interested in MMA and Dana White, the President of UFC had approached him to pen down a deal with him.
During the podcast, Punk revealed that White had reached out to him following the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in 2014 when WWE had suspended him. However, CM Punk did not want to get into UFC straightaway and wanted to train instead.
He said, “I planned on leaving when my deal was up in 2010 or 2011 or what it is. That was my plan. So, I thought that if I was going to train it was never going to be a hobby for me.”
CM Punk stated that he wanted to take his life in a new direction after having a glittering career as a professional wrestler.
He said that he started from the very beginning, having fights in amateur category and worked his way up to the professional rank.
He said, “I wasn’t enough of a big name at the time so people would go ‘it’s a spectacle’ and they’d let me fight. I was going to do it the right way. I was going to train. I was going to amateur fight. I was going to take my life in a different direction because I wanted to do it.”
Punk added, “The way I did everything and the way it happened was 100% backwards.”
The former WWE star did not have great start to his MMA career as he might have expected. He made his octagon debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in 2016 and he had his next bout against Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in 2018. But the former WWE Intercontinental Champion was defeated on both the occasions.
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