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Morning Report: Paul Heyman says CM Punk is 'very accepting' over chance he could be 'knocked out or tapped out and beat up'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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."

Following a career with WWE, Punk was signed by the UFC in December and began training under Duke Roufus full time shortly thereafter.

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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FANPOST OF THE DAY

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The silver lining of Bader not getting the title shot.

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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