‘The Best in the World’ CM Punk said his goodbyes today to the UFC where Punk held a record of 0-1-1. Punk signed with the company in 2014, having his first match against Mickey Gall. Punk would lose this contest via submission. His second and final fight – a 2018 showdown against Mike Jackson, which originally was deemed a loss via decision was turned to a no-contest after Jackson tested positive for marijuana. CM Punk recently revealed this cryptic free agent photo.
Punk confirmed his retirement from the UFC on Tuesday.
In other news regarding CM Punk, while ‘The Second City Saint’ might be retired from the combat sports world, you can still catch him as an active member of the AEW roster and on AEW programming. During a recent interview with ESPN SportsNation, Punk discussed what made him chose All Elite Wrestling instead of his former employer, WWE. Credit to HeelByNature for the following.
‘It kinda helped breathe life back into my love of professional wrestling. I see this young upstart company that’s full of what I call punk rock, youthful exuberance. Rough around the edges but just so eager to learn and soak up everything they possibly can. It’s new and it’s exciting. One of the big things that turned me on to them and made me consider going there was unfortunately the wrestling world lost Brodie Lee last December and his sickness and everything that came with it was known in the company but they kept it so secret. Wrestlers will always tell you ‘we’re a big family we care about each other, the wrestling business’ and none of that is entirely true. But to see everyone in the company band together to keep the secret about somebody’s health. I was blown away by that. I was blown away that it wasn’t plastered all over every single website and it was just kept secret. That made me go ‘well there’s something in that locker room’.