CM Punk spoke for the first time publicly after his second UFC loss, discussing his MMA future, Colby Covington, and why he wasn’t part of All In on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN Monday.
Coincidentally, Monday marked the two year anniversary of his MMA debut, a quick loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September 2016.
On the show to promote his ‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ show on Netflix, Punk said that he’s been involved with a lot of projects and is the middle of a 20-day shoot for his first leading role in a movie, ‘Girl On The Third Floor’.
He said that when the movie is done filming, he plans on talking with his trainer Duke Roufus about what’s next and resuming training. When asked about whether he would definitely fight again, Punk hesitated and said, “I think so” and that he wasn’t ruling it out, leaving the door open if an opportunity arises.
He said that he has not spoken with Dana White since his loss to Mike Jackson at June’s UFC 225, but that he has spoken with UFC personnel about traveling to Las Vegas to use the company’s Performance Institute. When asked whether it was “UFC or bust”, he said not necessarily and acknowledged there are other places he could fight. However, he said “the world is his oyster” and alluded to the fact that because of his position, he has options.
“It probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to fight in the UFC again, but we’ll see what happens,” he said.
Helwani asked him about All In and he said that an offer was never made for him to be on the show. “They said ‘Hey, if you want to come, you should come’ and I was like, ‘Ok.”. He said it was extremely vague and that they never came back to him after that, adding that he couldn’t have done it anyway because it was a shoot day for the movie. Helwani asked him if he’s been contacted by other international groups about wrestling and he said he hasn’t.
“There’s nothing that interests me in wrestling,” he said.
Watch Punk’s entire appearance on the show below including his thoughts on why he’s not a fan of Covington’s act, nor President Trump.