In an interview with TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter, CM Punk was asked whether he was interested in a wrestling return and his reply was, “I’m done, I’m done, I’m done with professional wrestling.”
This is what the former five-time WWE world champion had to say:
“I said a bunch of stuff about wrestling, about how I’d never gotten a true offer [to return to wrestling]. This does not mean I want to wrestle. I’m done, I’m done, I’m done with professional wrestling. A lot of people like to be mad at me about that and make fun of me because I lost my first fight (to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September of 2016 via rear-naked choke at 2:14 of the first round) and that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion, but you do not own me and I’m entitled to do what I want to do and that’s what I’m doing.”
Punk also went on to say:
“Wrestling is in the rear-view mirror,” Punk said. “I’ve been trying for five years to put wrestling in the rear-view mirror and some people just won’t let it go. They – I don’t know – want to live my life for me and I kind of don’t understand that, but it doesn’t matter what I say. I’ve said, ‘No, no, no, no’ so many times that people always kind of be like, ‘Oh, so there’s a chance?’ I love Terry Funk and he retired for the first time when I was two years old. People always come and go and they leave and come back. [UFC] is where I live now. This is my headspace.”
Punk is set to take on Mike Jackson (who also lost to Mickey Gall in the first round) in his second UFC fight today in Chicago at UFC 225.