Could CM Punk follow in the footsteps of the likes of Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley and to a lesser extent Dave Batista by quitting WWE during the prime of his career in order to follow his dreams of a fighting career?
According to Punk's good buddy Chael Sonnen, who talked about this subject in a recent interview with CBS radio, there is a surprisingly high chance that this might actually happen:
"I mean, he’s given some serious consideration to coming over here and competing and doing this. He’s talked about it a number of times, and I don’t think he will personally, but I know he’s prepared to for a very long time. It’s kind of the reverse Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar knew how to wrestle, came here and then went right into wrestling. I think that Punk is learning how to fight, and has visions of coming from wrestling over to fighting. So we’ll see how all that works out, but like he says, he’s the best in the world at what he does."
Of course, this is probably total bullshit, given that Sonnen's credibility is at roughly the same level as the shadiest wrestlers in history and it would be absolutely insane for Punk to start a fighting career with his miles on the clock and lack of athletic background.
However, it could suggest that Punk currently isn't the happiest camper in WWE and might be looking at leaving the company when his contract expires. Of course, his track record suggests that he has his price for the billion dollar man Vince McMahon, and unless it's completely extortionate, it will almost certainly be met due to WWE's current depth problems on top.
Really, Chael Sonnen becoming a full time WWE wrestler is more likely to happen than Punk becoming a full time MMA fighter, and I wouldn't put money on that ever happening either.