It shouldn’t surprise any wrestling fan that CM Punk is verbose, opinionated, and more than a little abrasive, and all three of those traits were on display during a recent interview published by the website Complex. Punk was his usual irascible self during the interview, and clearly tired of answering the latest in what must have been a multitude of questions about his fledgling UFC career.
On whether he’d ever return to WWE:
“I don’t feel like fielding questions about it [WWE]. I’ve been there, I’ve done that, and I’ve accomplished everything I was going to.
On if he is anxious or intimidated to make the transition from professional wrestling to MMA:
“I get this question a lot, and it’s like you guys think I’m an idiot. Like I didn’t know MMA wasn’t pre-determined or something like that,” says Punk. After a pause, he gives me side-eye. “Have you ever tweeted at me, ‘Hey, do you know what you’re getting into?’”
“I never have.”
“Okay. It sounds like you might have.”
“I don’t mean to put you on the defensive…”
“I’m not on the defensive. Your question is insulting. You’re asking me if I know the difference between the WWE and the UFC?”
On “fans” questioning his ability to be successful in UFC, at which point the interview clearly goes downhill quickly:
“You say my fans say that? You’re mistaken. My fans do not say that. I wouldn’t say anything to them [my critics]. I don’t justify stupidity with an answer. I don’t give a s*** what anybody thinks of me, whether I’m going to fight or not. I know what I’m going to do…If I did anything in my life based on someone’s negative opinion on me, I would never f***ing leave my house. My fans are people who don’t tweet negative s*** at me.”
You can read the full interview on Complex.