Dana White: CM Punk looks ‘phenomenal’
If former WWE superstar CM Punk is destined to get his lunch money taken the day he steps inside the Octagon for his first match, Dana White does not want anyone to know ahead of time.
In a recent interview with TMZ, White was asked how Punk is progressing with his training. The UFC president started gushing.
“First of all, let me start by saying this – the respect that this guy has earned from his team, his coaches … he’s a dog, man,” White said. “He actually just moved to Milwaukee so he can be closer to training. He’s committed to this thing. The guy’s an absolute stud and a joy to work with. He’s looking phenomenal.”
White added that whenever Punk is ready to fight he just needs to say the word, but White predicts that will be early next year.
When Punk first signed with the UFC, he assured fans he is not going to take his MMA career lightly. Though, he did leave open the possibility that he could get his ass kicked.
Many people have criticized the Punk signing as purely a publicity stunt for the UFC, but White is determined to prove that is not the case. For evidence of that, look no further than how White responded when Ben Askren took shots at Punk.
Can a 36-year-old who has never competed professionally in MMA find success? It sounds like we’ll know the answer to that in less than a year.
H/T Bloody Elbow