Fans of former WWE superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks may have to wait until 2016 to see the new UFC fighter debut in the Octagon.
“I’ve had zero talks with [UFC executives] Dana [White] or Lorenzo [Fertitta] or Joe Silva – anybody – about an opponent, about a date,” Punk told the Anik and Florian podcast on Monday (via MMAjunkie.com).
The 36-year-old, who signed with the mixed martial arts promotion in December, is totally fine with that, too, because “there’s zero pressure.”
“I think a lot of people are antsy. They’re saying on Twitter, ‘Ah, you’re never going to fight.’ This was just announced in what? November? December? I’ve been training full-time for like six months,” he said. “As bad as I have the itch to get in there, like I said, I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be. I wouldn’t be upset if it got pushed into 2016.”
That would make Punk 37 years old if he debuted before October 2016, which has many questioning if the athlete’s first fight will also be his last. Punk said on Monday that’s not the case.
“I’m also looking at the big picture; this isn’t a one-and-done thing for me. I’m not looking to fight just once, win, lose or draw,” Punk said. “This is something I’m training for, and I feel like it would be a super waste of time if I was just training for one fight or anything like that, if I wasn’t just making a career out of it. Getting beat up in the gym every day wouldn’t be worth it in the big picture.”