Paul Heyman Talks About CM Punk Possibly Fighting In MMA

WWE personality Paul Heyman appeared as an in-studio guest on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” show on Monday afternoon. During the show, Heyman talked about a wide array of MMA and pro wrestling topics, one of which was the possibility of former WWE Superstar CM Punk entering the world of mixed-martial-arts.

Punk’s contract with WWE recently expired and the man who refers to himself as “The Best in the World” has vowed to “never, ever” return to the professional wrestling ring.

“I think CM Punk’s mind set is to never come back, and their [WWE] mind set is they never want him back,” Heyman said on Helwani’s show on Monday. “He’s driven and determined never to go back. He feels that if he ever goes back, it’ll be a sign of failure on his part. His success in life is predicated on the idea he never goes back.”

Heyman then switched topics to MMA, claiming Punk could potentially follow the likes of Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, Dave Bautista and others who have transitioned from professional wrestling to mixed-martial-arts.

“Punk has always had the opinion that at its core, when the cage door gets locked it’s two really capable people punching each other in the face until one drops,” said Heyman. “Sometimes the skill level is overrated, and the ability to just fight comes into play. He’s educated in MMA. He’ a very serious student of the disciplines and he’s become far more entrenched.”

Heyman concluded, “He’s a fighter at heart. One of the things that makes it so interesting is he came into the wrestling world as a fighter who ended up performing, not a performer making a transition into the fighting world.”

You can check out the complete Heyman interview on “The MMA Hour” at

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  • Forceton Banfodder

    Cue the Green Power Ranger to challenge Punk again.

    • Jason

      JDF would kill punk lol

      • Forceton Banfodder

        No one cares.

      • Lee Roy

        Not sure how you figure since Punk was trained by Rener Gracie (Gracie Academy) so he knows a lot of MMA just never been an MMA fighter.

  • WWE Creative

    He’s never ever wrestling again.

  • pwnez

    I don’t think we’ll see CM Punk do anything sports-wise ever again. Unless you include going to hockey games.

    • Patrick

      Maybe he can be the official mascot for the Chicago Blackhawks?

  • Undertaker316

    if cm punk’s body was too hurt for wrestling what makes people think he can do mma

    • mac888

      You don’t take repetitive bumps in MMA. Wrestling and mixed martial arts are like apples and oranges, similar but very different.

    • Don

      Becayse wrestling takes way more out of the body… Come on man, “Undertaker” is in your user name…You should know this.

  • 10YearOldBoy

    Punk to me is a fan of MMA, more of a wrestling guy at heart. I know we will see him again in a wrestling ring. Idk when but we will.

  • Kayfaber

    Too skinny and too fat for MMA

    • Garry W

      how big country anf hunt bodies and both are still winning

      • Kayfaber

        They’re lifelong fighters

        • Garry W

          just sayn both are fat guys!

  • @ScottieRock28

    I can see Punk doing commentary for MMA, but not actually fighting, even though I think he could be good at it. He’s too old and too beat up to really be great.

  • Michael Kondratiuk

    I think he could pull in some buys for an MMA show, being able to win a fight is an entirely different matter.

  • Tyler Jager

  • The Man From Jonestown

    Punk is too old to make a run in MMA at this point. He’ll never go anywhere. Let’s say he starts now and he gets his first fight in December. He’ll be 36. Normally, he might fight 2-3 times a year. If he gets to 5-0, maybe then the UFC will look at him. But, by that point, he’ll be 38. He’ll be past retirement age by the time he’s got any kind of record the UFC would consider. Unless he’d be satisfied fighting for Bellator (which would almost certainly never happen because of his disgust with TNA) he’s got no future in MMA.

    Punk’s best bet is to do what he said he’s going to do: Band and Podcast. He really needs to parlay his fame into some Hollywood gigs. I’m not sure how well he can act, though. He seems to make a fine host, though. Maybe that’s the best route for him.

    • Ted

      You are right, he is old for MMA.It is better for him to focus on other things

    • Forceton Banfodder

      Yeah, Batista was a total spring chicken when he went into MMA.

      • Gotstodobetter

        And how is that going for him

        • Forceton Banfodder

          He was undefeated.

          • The Man From Jonestown

            This is too funny to argue against. You win.

    • Lee Roy

      He could start fighting…NOW. Hes already been trained by Gracie Academy so he know MMA and hes working in pro wrestling for about 10 years. Brock Lesnar only had a few fights before he signed with UFC and he wasn’t undefeated when they signed him. You might want to do a bit more research before you make your comments

  • Patrick Mac

    Punk has gone on record and said he wants to Ref MMA fights. I think that is way more likely to happen then him fight…I hope he returns to wrestling at some point.

  • king

    He has the skills but not the mindset to be a mma fighter shit he needs to stick to wrestling just not wwe maybe jarret new company or possible back to tna

  • Progressed_Now

    lol Punk in MMA? WWE is play-fighting and he couldn’t hack it. thinks he’s gonna last in MMA?

    • Don

      WWe is a lot harder on the body then MMA…How many times does everyone (including mma fighters) have to say that?? They are different in many ways, “Play fighting” is just an ignorant way of being lazy and not getting a clue.

      • Don

        Than* Fucking touch phones..


    I hope he does so I can see him get his a$$ kicked.

  • aa

    eh, If CM punk gets into MMA, i see his future consisting of getting knocked out unfortunately.

  • Pfc Mark Kevin Apalisok

    he still can then go back to wwe!

  • Rhyno: GORE!!

    Can I get a ticket to visit him at the hospital after his first fight?

  • JDS3105

    Not sure. Punk would pry need to cut weight and fight at 205. At 35, might be a little late in the game for him. I do think he would transition better than Lesnar did

    • Drmgiver

      The only way you could “transition better” than Lesnar is to fight God in the octagon and win.

  • brad

    I would love to see Punk in mma for the simple fact of seeing Punk but at the same time I personally don’t think Punk would be all that successful in the mma world.

  • Prolific

    I would LOVE to see CM Punk fight MMA. Would be interesting to see how he would go..