Former WWE Heavyweight Champion CM Punk made headlines when he announced he was coming out of his retirement from the WWE to make his UFC debut. UFC purists hate him because they think he’s a fraud, and wrestling fans hate him for leaving. The self described “sociopathic, straight edge atheist” doesn’t give one damn between the two.
Today in The Herd, Punk said he’s lucky he got out of the WWE with his health mostly intact. The history of professional wrestling is littered with the bodies of discarded wrestling legends who weren’t so lucky. He torched WWE CEO Vince McMahon for treating wrestlers like disposable commodities that are chewed up, spit out, and left with nothing.
“Back in 2011, my contract was up, and they were trying to re-sign me, and they were trying to re-sign me for a lowball figure. That’s what they do to the guys, you know, they’re indentured servants, they try to pay them the smallest amount of money they can possibly pay them, there’s no health insurance, you’re responsible for your own travel, your own hotels, your own food on the road.”
Punk says he is completely committed to becoming a legitimate mixed martial arts fighter, but acknowledges that re-signing with the WWE in 2011 has made it more difficult to pursue his UFC career.
“In 2011, it was kind of hanging in the balance there and I made the decision to re-sign, and it’s not that I regret that decision, but if I didn’t re-sign, I would have dedicated myself 100% to this [UFC]. So I re-signed, that story unfolded. That chapter in my book is over with, and now I’m dedicated to this 100% this now. It’s just later than I anticipated, and it’s a bigger challenge now, because I’m older.”
CM Punk makes his UFC debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on September 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He’s currently listed in Vegas as an underdog in the fight.