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Dana White on CM Punk: ‘He’s one of the easiest people I’ve ever dealt with’


CM Punk made massive headlines with his return to WWE. And it’s caught the eye of a previous boss, who had nothing but nice things to say about the former WWE and AEW Champion.

UFC CEO Dana White spoke to Sports Illustrated about Punk’s WWE comeback and said he immediately reached out to Punk following his surprise appearance at the Survivor Series.

“I texted him that night after he walked out in Chicago,” White told S.I. “It was amazing. I texted and congratulated him, it was incredible.”

Following his departure from WWE in 2014, Punk, an avid MMA enthusiast, and the UFC agreed to a multi-fight deal at the end of that year. Punk fought twice in the octagon and was outmatched both times. His record stands at one loss and one no-contest.

Punk retired and later moved into the commentary booth for Cage Fury Fighting Championships, an affiliate of the UFC whose fight cards are broadcast on the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

White spoke about Punk’s brief MMA career, saying Punk had tough fights. But what was most important, according to the UFC’s head honcho, was that everyone Punk trained with and those around him respected him. White was nothing but complimentary about his own experience with Punk.

“I’ve had nothing but a great relationship with him since the day we met,” said White. “He’s a super nice guy. He’s one of the easiest people I’ve ever dealt with.”

Some may view White’s comments as corporate synergy now that the UFC and WWE are under parent company Endeavor. However, as White pointed out, those Punk trained with as he prepared to make his MMA debut were also complimentary of Punk.

Ahead of what became his final battle in the UFC in 2018, Punk’s coach, Duke Roufus, talked about his fighter’s work ethic and what he meant to people, but he also spoke about the controversial star’s humility.

“When I stayed my first of many times in Thailand, I had to mop, I had to sweep the gym,” Roufus told MMA Fighting in 2018. “I had to do dishes, laundry with the young fighters if I was gonna be accepted as part of the camp. That’s something that (Punk’s) done very well. He mops the mat every day when he trains. It’s impressive to see a guy with his success keep that humility and grounding.”

This past week on Raw, Punk told the world that he was a changed man. How different he is from his previous tenure with WWE and how much he’s changed since his firing from All Elite Wrestling remains to be seen. But for now, there’s at least one boss whose experience with the Second City superstar sounds far from traumatic.

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