WWE Star CM Punk Recalls Time With The UFC – “I’m Glad I Did It, Zero Regrets”

CM Punk, a name extremely well known in the professional wrestling space, recently touched on his past UFC appearances, and is still dumbfounded by the choice to make his MMA debut in his late thirties.

After finding a considerable level of success with the WWE, Punk jumped at the opportunity to give MMA a try, and first appeared in the UFC in 2016. Punk was noticeably under experienced in his this match, and lost by submission to Mickey Gall in the first round. Then, in 2018, he fought for a final time at UFC 225, where he lost by unanimous decision to Mike Jackson.

On a recent episode of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, the former UFC competitor and current WWE star laughed about beginning to train MMA so late in life. But, he also shared the positive outlook he holds onto surrounding the whole experience.

“I asked my wife the other day, because I said something, I was just like, ‘What was I, 35 when I fought?’” Punk said. “And she was just like, ‘Oh no, you were 36 or 37.’ I just went, ‘What the f*** was I thinking?’”

“I’m glad I did it,” he said. “Zero regrets. I shouldn’t have fought in Chicago, because of the worst two weeks of my life. Easily the worst two weeks of my life. I couldn’t cut weight properly. I still made weight. I’m proud of myself for that. I’m an ambitious guy.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Despite having what many would view as lackluster performances in both of his UFC appearances, Punk managed to utilize his success in wrestling to parlay a transition to MMA. Through this, he got to experience a different side of the combat sports industry, and for that he seems grateful to have received the opportunity.

“I get it, it’s easy to ‘LOL’ and make fun of me,” Punk said. “Some people look at that and be like, ‘That’s embarrassing.’

“I f****** made the weight. I made the walk. I am 100 percent proud of myself, and I would do it again, because that was me at my absolute worst, and I did it. You want to call me a loser, that’s cool, but I was stoked I got that opportunity, and I was stoked I did it.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Punk’s first stint with the WWE stretched from 2005 until 2014, when he decided to pursue MMA. Following his time in the UFC, he made a few one-off WWE appearances before signing with All Elite Wrestling in 2021. But, Punk returned to his roots and resigned with the WWE, and has been under contract with the organization since last year.


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