We don't know who, when and where CM Punk will actually be fighting, but his mentor and WWE personality Paul Heyman has some idea as to why.
While the vast majority of professional athletes are motivated by things like money and self preservation, Heyman says that's not the case with Punk.
"I don't think money is the motivating factor in CM Punk's life whatsoever. I think it's the challenge to do this," Heyman told professional wrestler Steve Austin on his podcast (via FOX Sports). "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."
In February, Punk said he was five months away from he his team having a serious discussion about when to make his UFC debut, ultimately leaving that decision up to his coaches.
"I think he firmly believes he is either going to step in that Octagon and shock everybody by beating somebody's ass, 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," Heyman said.
"He's man enough to walk in there and take his chances."
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Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 8, 2015
I'd like nothing more than to hide my face, but that won't accomplish anything. I'ma striker, it showed. Not wrestler, that showed too.— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) June 8, 2015
Fully believe that I'm the best, most dynamic striker w TDD in my division. I made a split second dec. I'll be slanging heavy leather soon— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) June 8, 2015
For all those that want to critique & bring heat, c'mon. Felt like he was frustrated & the TD was going to crumble him. Crumbled me instead.— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) June 8, 2015
Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) June 9, 2015
Get well soon.
Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) June 8, 2015
Well everyone i have unfortunate news. I have a torn Labrum in my hip and have to get it fixed with surgery. 4 to 6 months recovery time :(— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) June 9, 2015
Sean Spencer (@seanspencer170) June 9, 2015
Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) June 8, 2015
This needs to be said, I love Ben Rothwell @RothwellFighter he's a dark force the world has never seen before. His evil laugh was money. DC— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 8, 2015
Tecia Torres (@TeciaTorres) June 9, 2015
at dinner and @LukeRockhold and I wanna know what opening odds would be in our fight. I say me-300 and Luke +250 I need ur thoughts go— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 9, 2015
Imagine me with 40 more pounds, to catch up to @dc_mma— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) June 9, 2015
Sholler u can't even keep the stage clear lol my man. Are u coming to Mexico ? https://t.co/kH4pyRkXF9— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) June 9, 2015
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FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas.
I'm a fan of Ryan Bader. He's tough and has fought some of the best guys on the planet. He wouldn't like what I'm about to say, but it's a matter of opinion. It's not a matter of being disrespectful.
The silver lining as I see it, is that the UFC isn't going down the road of rewarding a gong show. Those pro wrestling displays are not welcome by most fans. Ariel Helwani mentioned that the video of the Cormier/Bader press conference has almost a million views. Well, therein proves the point.
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