Speaking to The Hannibal TV, Bobby Lashley was asked his opinion on CM Punk's transition from wrestling to mixed martial arts.
"Yeah, Punk got beat up in his last fight," Lashley said. "Who cares? He made a lot of money, he trained his ass off, and he stepped into that cage."
Punk's first and only fight thus far was at UFC 203 in September of 2016. He lost in the first round via submission to Mickey Gall.
"Punk lost his first fight. He tried and they say that he's going to take another fight. I'm like, more power to you man. Go out there and fight. s--t, if you lose, it doesn't even matter."
Lashley, who has also enjoyed both a professional wrestling and mixed martial arts career, believes that others should pursue their interests regardless of public opinion.
"We have to start encouraging people to step out of their comfort zones and start doing new things." He continues, "Anything anybody does new, there are a bunch of naysayers."
Lashley specifically states that there's a significant difference in fan appreciation and support between the United States and the rest of the world.
"Everybody wants to be a critic. A critic without the actual accolades to be a critic. When I go to Japan, they don't care if you win or lose; they just want to see a good fight. If you go out there, train your ass off, and fight, then people should applaud you no matter what."
As for his future, don't be surprised if you see Lashley once again appear in a ring outside of Impact Wrestling.
"I'm really considering getting into amateur wrestling and getting into more tournaments. I'm looking into going to do some Jiu-Jitsu tournaments. I'm looking into everything."