Former WWE Champion CM Punk recently did an interview on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show where he noted that a potential return to pro wrestling is “like an escape hatch. There’s nothing that interests me in wrestling.”
Regarding speculation about him appearing at All In, he noted that although he did talk to Matt Jackson about it, but the offer was vague and he never really got an official offer to appear on the show.
When asked about his future in MMA, Punk noted that he’s “not ruling it out, but I’m also not throwing my name in a hat right away,” (transcript courtesy of MMAJunkie). “Door’s open. … There’s absolutely no shame in taking a chance in your life. And I took a big chance. Even speaking about this now I feel like there’s finality to it, but I don’t want anybody to jump to conclusions and start making headlines.
“I’ve got to talk to (my MMA coach) Duke (Roufus). I need to get back to training and I plan on doing that as soon as I wrap up this movie. I look back at all of this.”
Punk fought Mike Jackson in a welterweight bout at the UFC 225 pay-per-view event on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. As seen in the fight, Jackson dominated it and Punk showed a ton of heart but was winded after the first round. Jackson was able to pick up the unanimous decision win.
“I don’t think it’s UFC or bust, but I’m in a weird position,” Punk said. “There’s other places out there, but it’s just like, ‘Would I go? Should I go?’ ‘Deserves’ has nothing to do with it, but I just look at everything like it boils my oyster and I’m not good enough to kind of pick and choose. I’m brutally honest. It probably doesn’t make a lot of sense for me to fight in the UFC again, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”
“I’m taking opportunities as they come and if there’s a deadline (for fighting) it’s probably before the end of the year,” Punk said. “I’ve been talking to Duke and he’s just like, ‘Let me know when you’re coming back and we’ll talk about what’s in the future.’ That’s my plan is to talk with him.”