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CM Punk says Nate Diaz apologized to him at UFC 200, calls him the 'nicest f**king guy'

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Brooks, better known by his WWE moniker "CM Punk," has a lot on his plate entering UFC 203 on Sept. 10 from Cleveland, Ohio, as he makes his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut opposite the young Mickey Gall. Stepping inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon is no easy feat for any man, let alone one who will have millions of eyes glued to his every move.

At least Punk doesn't have to worry about Nate Diaz sneaking up behind him and putting him out with the old guillotine choke. According to Punk himself, Diaz, who once called the wrestler's MMA arrival horrible for the sport, squashed the beef at UFC 200 in what Punk describes as the nicest move ever.

"UFC 200 I was doing an autograph signing and the guy I was signing the autograph for started like pointing behind me and I heard someone like yelling my name and I turned around and I was on a riser and Nate Diaz was on the ground and he was like 'hey man come here'," said Punk in a recent interview with FOX Sports. "I was like 'what's up?' and he was the nicest f**king guy."

The nicest guy? Maybe. But it took a little convincing from other MMA stars to change Diaz's mind about a guy with zero professional combat experience jumping over to the biggest fight promotion on the planet.

"I don't know if he'll get mad and this will ruin the image of Nate Diaz, but he was like 'hey man, I talked some sh*t before and I don't know you and I'm sorry' and he's like, ‘Gilbert (Melendez) and Ronda (Rousey) said that you're a cool dude and they love you' and I started looking around for the cameras," added Punk. "I was like all right. I thought that was super, super cool of him. Super nice guy."

While it's uplifting to see some of MMA's realest competitors come to terms with Punk's UFC takeover, the WWE superstar will need more than good praise to defeat Gall at UFC 203 and prove nearly everyone wrong.

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