By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
CM Punk spoke with Dan Gelston of the Associated Press in advance of his fight at UFC 225 and spoke about how his frustration in WWE grew. “I was crying out for help,” Punk said. “I wasn’t finding it. I really needed to focus on me. Some people want to say it’s dramatic, but I watched friends in wrestling turn to drugs and alcohol and eventually die because they can’t get the help that they need. I had to force myself to do it and step back. I’m not the one to generally ask for help. So when I finally was doing it, that should have alarmed a lot of people. But it didn’t. I was just one of the cattle.”
Punk also recalled talking with UFC President Dana White after his loss in his first UFC fight. “I talked to him day after and was just like, ’If you cut me, you cut me. I get it. Just know that I’m going to fight somewhere else,’” he said. “That was neither a threat or anything. I was just like, hey I get it. Whatever your decision is, it’s cool with me.” Read more at APNews.com.
Powell’s POV: Punk told Ariel Helwani that he doesn’t know if he will fight again after UFC 225 regardless of whether he wins or loses. He implied that it’s because he’s focussed on Saturday’s fight with Mike Jackson and hasn’t allowed himself to think about what’s next. You can find the recap of that interview on the main page along with additional stories on Punk and Colt Cabana coming out of the trial.