CM Punk has spoken about his frustrations with training in the UFC, the politics backstage during his time in the WWE, and what contributed to his burn-out in the business, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Punk, also known as Phil Brooks, has been training for his first UFC fight that is expected to take place later this year. So far, he says training is becoming a little frustrating.
He said: "I'm always a little bit frustrated, because it's just repetition to get muscle memory down so I'm not making the same mistakes. I think it's a lot harder than people realize. You're re-learning this entirely new skillset and trying to condition your body to do things it wouldn't normally do. It's challenging and it's fun."
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We all know that during his time with the WWE, Punk became frustrated as well with how things were done and how he was treated. He says this is one of the reasons why UFC is much more of an appeal to him now.
He said: "For the longest time [in] what I did, the competition wasn't that clean-cut. It didn't matter if you were the best. There's slimy backstage politics, there's always somebody trying to undercut you.
“To me, there's something romantic about just you and another guy locked inside a cage and the better man wins. In that time and space, nothing else matters. I definitely think it can be f--king scary, but I like embracing the things that scare me."
One of the main reasons Punk left the WWE as many people know was because he felt like he was burning-out. He acknowledges that he is part to blame for this, but is glad this has lead him to a new path in life.
He said: "I think at some point in my wrestling career, I took myself way too seriously, and I took the wrestling business way too seriously. It probably helped sour me on the whole process. It probably helped burn me out.
"The entire reason I'm doing this isn't about the fight. It's about learning martial [arts], as well as something about myself. It's literally all about the journey."
CM Punk still has his sights set on making his debut in the UFC by the end of the year.