CM Punk has been no stranger to sports news media outlets for the last year. It’s been about that length of time that the former WWE Champion stepped away from the wrestling ring. However it took a couple of months before he decided to switch career gears from stage fighting to real fighting.
Punk already received massive amounts of criticism for stepping away from the WWE with not only short notice but absolutely no notice at all. Fans and wrestling pundits scrambled for answers and what they found was simply a butting of heads between Punk and the management of the WWE. He didn’t like his career trajectory at the end of one of WWE’s largest Pay-Per-Views, the Royal Rumble. Punk left and signed with the UFC a short while later.
The announcement that CM Punk signed with the UFC made like Kim Kardashian’s bare bottom picture and almost broke the internet. Many believed Punk hadn’t proved himself enough to warrant a UFC contract, some believed his brazilian jiu-jitsu pedigree was enough, and other fighters began calling him out.
Former UFC welterweight Phil Baroni and the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank both expressed their disdain for his signing and called on him to fight. However he turned at least one “hater” into a believer in former Bellator and current One FC Welterweight champion Ben Askren. Ben criticized the signing but then stood by it after he trained with Punk.
Even still their are many doubters and people that don’t want to see Punk succeed. CM addressed those individuals recently via SportsIllustrated.com
“At the end of the day, it’s about me and not anyone else. But, yeah, I used to not be able to read or walk or ride a bike or drive a car. Those people who are down on me trying this? Shut the f*ck up and don’t watch the fight. … The people who are mad or think this is an embarrassment to the UFC or the sport? I used to not be able to ride a bike. So when I was learning how to ride a bike, does Lance Armstrong come up to me and say: ‘Who the f*ck are you, trying to learn how to ride a bike?’ My attitude is punk rock across the board: Oh, you don’t think I should do it? Well, I’m going to do it and I’m going to try to be the best I f*cking can.”