Sitting here typing this in what now (supposedly) amounts to a throwback World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) CM Punk sweatshirt, I -- like many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans -- am fascinated with the idea of talented professional wrestlers trying their hands in real fist fights.
Therefore, when CM Punk "walked away" from WWE following last Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) -- paired with the equally satiating comments the Chicago native recently made in this interview about a potential run in MMA -- it was hard to block out the rampant speculation and rumors that he would align with UFC.
Unsurprisingly, as a result, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was questioned about the topic today during his pre-UFC 169 media scrums (watch full video replay here):
"I was with him all night in Chicago and he never said anything to me about it. I like him, he's a great guy. It's a little late to get in the game, who knows if he can fight?"
The "Best In The World" is a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu trainee, but the question remains whether all of this talk amounts to nothing more than another contrived publicity stunt for the run-up to WWE's marquee event, which will premier on the new "WWE Network," WrestleMania 30 this upcoming April.
"He hasn't said a word to me. He hasn't reached out to me, he never said a word about it. He just showed up, we talked about lot's of things, fighting was not one of them."
Punk has a history of "falling out" with WWE, whether it be behind the scenes or "worked" into a story line. If he truly has taken a step away from the squared circle it's yet to be seen, but it's hard to believe the 35-year-old would embark on a path to fighting inside the Octagon following countless injuries and the desire to spend more time out of the spotlight.
Nonetheless, until this all gets sorted out, us pro wrasslin'/MMA heads can dream. And that's more than likely what this whole situation will amount to once the dust settles.