The self-proclaimed "Best in the World" has a new opponent calling him out, but his foe isn't Brock Lesnar and the meeting place won't be inside the squared circle of WWE, if and when he accepts.
"The New York Bad Ass" Phil Baroni has called out Phil "CM Punk" Brooks for a fight. Punk has been in the news a lot over the last two weeks for his interviews on the Art of Wrestling podcast with Colt Cabana, breaking his long silence about why he walked out on WWE earlier this year.
Baroni heard what Punk had to say about his time in professional wrestling, and doesn't like his attitude, promising he can change it with his fists. In trademark NYBA fashion, he peppered his Instagram challenge with curse words and insults.
"I'll bust you up. Call Coker , move da fucking needle. Wa Wa 3H was mean to me. Vince owes me. Wa Wa. . Your gona love MMA and @Danawhite it's so fair ova here. Ryback hurt you? I'll break your fucking Neck #whineybitch."
Punk's name has been floating around the MMA news for awhile now and he's not shy about his love of the sport, from Gracie jiu-jitsu apparel to sitting ringside with Dana White at events in Chicago, but does he want to be more than just a spectator?
We may find out this weekend.
"He's been training for a few years now, and he's interested in fighting," White told Jim Rome (transcribed by MMA Junkie). "I'm interested in talking to him. ... CM Punk is coming to [UFC 181] this weekend, and we're going to talk. We would bring him in just like any regular fighter, and he would fight a guy with a similar record to his, which is 0-0."
If Baroni is trying to move up Punk's timetable, it's interesting that he chose Coker as the promoter and Bellator as the venue.