When CM Punk signed for UFC in 2014, few knew what to make of his decision.
Was he finally walking away from the sports entertainment side of wrestling?
Was this a serious endeavour?
And how far could the longest reigning WWE Champion in the last decade go in the octagon?
The answers so far seem to be, maybe, yes and not sure.
But while Punk is yet to start intensive training, he claims he is not looking for comparisons to Brock Lesnar.
Lesnar of course is the current WWE Champion and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion – so in that context, comparisons were always likely.
Yet Punk claims he is on a totally different path now than what Lesnar was in 2008, when he made his debut in the octagon.
Punk told a Q&A session on Friday:
I’m a friend of Brock and what he did was absolutely remarkable. I, in no way, am trying to follow in his footsteps.
I’m not thinking about a title, I’m not thinking about anything past training my ass off and my first fight.
Me and Brock Lesnar are two different people. He’s an animal and I’m a smaller animal.
Regarding the future and who Punk’s first opponent will be when he makes his debut, the Chicago-born wrestler was giving nothing away, claiming he is a long way off from making his UFC bow:
I’m going to end up living in the gym for about six months and with the help of the trainers and the coaches and (we’ll) kind of re-evaluate and go from there.