During an interview with Colin Cowherd on “The Herd” radio show today, CM Punk talked about his upcoming debut in the UFC in September. Somehow, he managed to talk all the way into thinking a title shot is a possibility (transcription via MMA Fighting):
"I know people think this is a publicity stunt, I'm never going to set foot in the Octagon. I look forward to proving them wrong, but to me, it's not super far-fetched to be like, 'You know what? What if I put three or four wins together? Who's to say I don't get a title shot?' I'm a very positive thinking person. Of course I'm not going to saddle myself with this negativity that's, 'Oh, that's it for me'. Because to me in life, it's so cliche and it sounds so corny, so Karate Kid-like, but it's not about getting knocked down. It's about how many times you get up. That's why I train the way I do. I get knocked down in training every day, so on Sept. 10 I won't get knocked down."
There’s a difference between positive thinking and being realistic about a situation. Punk is a 37-year-old man who has never competed in combat sports, even on an amateur level, and he has 20 years worth of wear and tear on his body from a taxing career in professional wrestling.
“Positive thinking” may simply be feeling good about the fact that he’s actually going to climb inside the Octagon and get to live out a dream, if only for one (potentially painful) night.