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Morning Report: Cathal Pendred would jump at chance to fight CM Punk, 'The laughing stock of the UFC'

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Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Cathal Pendred had a busy week.

The UFC welterweight took a break from his Twitter beef with CM Punk, WWE fanboys and other trolls Thursday to write a sports column about it.

According to Pendred, the Irishman wasn't trying to call Punk out with the tweet that started it all, just make fun of himself.

"I was half slagging myself off when I Tweeted a pic of him hitting the pads and commented that he makes me look like Ali," Pendred wrote for the Irish Mirror. "Fact is, people haven't been too impressed with that part of my game either, so it was a little dig at me as well."

Calling Punk 'the laughing stock of the UFC,' Pedred has to give the convert some credit for landing with a strong camp, Milwaukee's Roufusport.

"In fairness he's trained at a really good gym for the last year but no one makes their MMA debut in the UFC," said Pendred. "You slowly build yourself up, work your way through the ranks. It's a weird situation but I can understand from a business perspective why the UFC are going with it.

"He's a very famous WWE figure in the States and has already brought a lot of attention to the business. I've no major objection to him, even if a stuntman entering this highly-skilled sport is the equivalent of me wanting to become a pro footballer and joining Man United."

Pendred says he received an outpouring of support from fans hoping to see him tangle with Punk in the pro wrestler's Octagon debut.

"While WWE fans said they wanted the same thing, it's a bit delusional on their part," said Pendred. "They somehow think it would be a competitive fight! A hell of a lot of UFC fighters have been calling him out, trying to organize a fight with him because there's a lot of bucks in it given he's such high a profile draw. He's ignored them all, so the fact he got onto me makes me think he might fancy himself against me, which is quite funny in truth.

"I'd love it. It would be a bit of fun. He'll probably be humiliated on his debut but the UFC will continue to use him to attract more supporters. I have my own fight in October to prepare for but if something comes of this fight down the line, I'll jump at it."

As of now, Pendred is set to face Tom Breese Oct. 24 at UFC Fight Night: Duffy vs. Poirier.

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