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Video: CM Punk talks Chael Sonnen at UFC on FOX, Brock Lesnar and the Royal Rumble

Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting caught up with CM Punk recently for a half hour chat about all things MMA and pro wrestling. There's a lot covered, so let's just hit the quick notes:

  • Punk thinks Chael Sonnen is great and what he does is good for MMA because it draws interest. He believes both MMA and pro wrestling can learn from each other.
  • When asked who is the best talker in MMA, Punk pointed to Sonnen. He also brought up the Nick and Nate Diaz, Rashad Evans and Josh Barnett.
  • Punk said he believes Chris Jericho was "just being Y2J" when he accused Brock Lesnar of taking a dive and he doesn't think Jericho was serious.
  • When asked if he thinks it would be good to have Lesnar back in WWE, he said he would welcome him back but he doesn't think Brock wants to come back. Punk isn't sure modern day WWE is a place Lesnar belongs, though he would be great for business.
  • Kevin Nash comes up as being one of the guys Punk believes can't cut it on the road 24/7 like the schedule demands. Mick Foley is another. "I love these guys to death but to come back and work a scheduling that is so demanding is tough."
  • CM Punk trains jiu-jitsu, y'all.
  • He would love to give MMA a chance but he's got other obligations, obviously. Plus, he's no spry chicken anymore. But in two years, "we'll have to see."
  • Because he doesn't know Dana White personally, he can't speak to how similar White and Vince McMahon are. As promoters, they are alike, seeing as they've both been wildly successful.
  • He talks about being so burnt out before signing his new contract around Money in the Bank. He's still burnt out (and it has definitely seemed that way) but he's happy with what he's doing right now.
  • Finally, Punk says he will NOT be in the Rumble match and he's bummed about that. Could be a swerve, of course, but he doesn't bring it across that way.

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