Ken Shamrock gives props to CM Punk for doing something no one thought he could do.
He spoke to the Primo Nutmeg podcast where he talked about CM Punk's transition into MMA. Despite his quick loss to Mickey Gall back at UFC 203, Punk is going back and training again for another fight, something that Shamrock gives him credit for:
He's already started that journey, and if he's like me, if that would've happened to me then I would go back to the drawing board and get better," Shamrock said. "I mean I'm not gonna give up, I'm not gonna quit on it, I'm gonna keep coming and I'll figure it out. But I don't know if he's that way, I don't know if he has that desire.
Although people criticized CM Punk for going into MMA, Shamrock says that he always stood up for him, basically telling people that he is taking a chance on something he loves, something that not a lot of people are able to do.
When he first went into it I warned people, I said, 'Listen, this guys is taking a risk. Respect that risk. Don't bash him if he goes out there and loses because all these other people he's going against, he's fighting all the odds because they've all got fights under their belts, they've all got experience under their belts. He's coming from a pro-wrestling organization, he's trying to experience something that he loves, which is completely different from pro-wrestling," Shamrock said. "So he takes that chance; isn't that what this world is built on, people that take chances to go out there and follow their dreams or follow things that they desire to do? And if by chance they fall down and don't succeed, we gotta give them room to get back up and continue to keep going, whatever direction it may be. We don't stomp on their heads and say, 'Oh you tried man, we're gonna crush you now because you failed.' To me, that's ridiculous because it's not fair.
This guy did something that I thought not too many people would have the balls to do, to step out of a pro-wrestling ring and into an MMA ring, and he did that," Shamrock continued. "And he trained for it, he worked for it and it didn't work out for him. God bless him, man. But don't step on his head and not let him back up to try to make a recovery. That would be just wrong.
Shamrock is no stranger to pro wrestling or MMA. He won the UFC 3 tournament, as well as the Superfight championship. He's also known for his run in the WWE during the Attitude Era where he held the Intercontinental title.