Rolling Stone interviewed CM Punk to discuss his UFC signing. Here are a few highlights from the interview:
What convinced him that UFC would be more positive than WWE:
"I'm not sure I did know. If I can maybe throw out an example of how things are different – the lack of communication from the WWE office was astounding. They said they suspended me and never contacted me. They were in my town, about an eight-minute drive from my house multiple times, and didn't feel like it was necessary to come try and talk to me, so I assumed that they didn't want to talk to me.
"Then, you've got [UFC President] Dana [White] and [UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta wanting to talk to me, and they get on a jet and fly to Chicago to talk to me. So that pretty much told me exactly how Dana and Lorenzo do business. I'm sure Visit Wrestling Inc. there are other people out there who have different situations with them, but they're playing straight with me. And being backstage [at last Saturday's UFC 181] and introducing everybody to my wife, it was such a great experience. And I'm sure part of that is the name value and who I am, but everyone seemed to be happy, which is different and odd for me."
Getting AJ Lee on board for his new career:
"After I spoke with Dana and Lorenzo, that's when it got serious and that's when I brought it to her attention. Trust me, whatever nerves I'm gonna have stepping into the Octagon will pale in comparison to the nerves I had when I had to bring this up to my wife. I was honestly terrified. I was like, 'She's gonna shut it down, and I'm gonna have to figure out a way to smooth it over so I can do this, because I don't take no for an answer, she doesn't take no for an answer, and this is something I really wanna do.' Right off the bat she recognized that. She's been around me long enough to know that, ever since the first day I met her, this is something I talked about doing, and she's not somebody that's gonna step in front of her husband trying to accomplish something that he dreamed about."
If there is a part of him "that pines for that WrestleMania main event one day?"
"No, absolutely not."
Punk also discussed the reaction to his UFC signing, critics of his signing, Ben Askren being mad at him, his non-compete clause with UFC, if he has any fear of getting hurt when he steps in the Octagon and much more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.
Source: Rolling Stone