Former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks made an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN on Monday to discuss a number of topics, including whether or not he was actually approached to appear at ALL IN two weeks ago, his MMA career going forward and his level of interest in getting involved with pro wrestling again.
Per recap tweets by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful, Punk stated he was never given a real offer to be part of the ALL IN event in Chicago. He described any communication with Cody and The Young Bucks as being “hey, if you want to come, you should come.” Punk noted he couldn’t have worked the show because he was shooting a movie that same day.
Regarding a future with UFC and mixed martial arts, Punk said he looks back fondly on his brief UFC career and wouldn’t rule out fighting again. He hasn’t spoken to UFC President Dana White for a few months and that it doesn’t make a lot of sense for him to fight in the UFC based off his two performances. Punk isn’t sure if he’d fight somewhere else.
He said he hasn’t gone back and watched his fight with Mike Jackson at UFC 225. Punk added he isn’t sure if he ever will and has kept busy since the fight in June. He said he loved getting the chance to fight in Chicago and felt he did enough to win the second round of the fight. Punk didn’t feel like Jackson disrespected him during the fight.
In regards to a possible return to pro wrestling, Punk said he hasn’t received any real offers and isn’t easy to get ahold of. As of right now, pro wrestling isn’t something he’s interested in and described it as an “escape hatch.” Punk went on to say “there’s nothing that interests me” about wrestling adding, “There’s your headline for your clickbait sites.”