There’s been speculation that ex-WWE wrestler CM Punk might make his professional MMA debut in Bellator.
Punk answered a question from MMA/UFC reporter Ariel Helwani about whether he’d fight.
He responded: “Honestly, there’s going to be a lot of people out there that say that I can’t do it. Great! To me that’s the number one reason to do something. That’s the reason I’m here right now and you’re standing in my house, that I paid for because a bunch of people thought that I couldn’t make it in the WWE.
“And I’ve been here almost 10 years now. I think that’s me in a nutshell. You tell me I can’t do something, you tell me that there’s a mountain over there that nobody has climbed it yet, I’m going to climb it. Whether I get to the summit or not is all based on my hard work and what I put into it. I’m 35.
“I’ve never competed like martial arts. So who’s to say if I would be any good or not? I really think that there’s a chance, but mainly I’m just saying that to read people talk [expletive] about me.”
It’s worth noting that Punk was filmed doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu with several members of the Gracie family. Rener Gracie, who he was rolling with, has said Punk could be successful in MMA.
On his Twitter account, Punk also comments on UFC fights. In reference to featherweight Frankie Edgar’s domination of Cub Swanson, he wrote: “Awesome late finish!!!!! @FrankieEdgar @ufc”
He also wrote: “Eat, train, watch @MetamorisPro sleep, eat, train, watch @ufc …..repeat. (Hi Paul!)” Metamoris is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu promotion that has drawn top MMA fighters, including welterweight contender Rory MacDonald and former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields.
Meanwhile, CagesideSeats reported that there were rumors of Bellator showing interest in him a few months ago.