Many UFC fighters have taken there shots at CM Punk since the former WWE champion announced at the end of 2014 he would be fighting in the company without ever having a professional or amateur fight. The original goal was for the Chicago native to fight in 2015. But injuries and his coach at Roufussport in Milwaukee, Duke Roufus wanted him to be ready and have a great chance to win his debut.
Last month, another UFC fighter went after the former WWE star when welterweight Lorenz Larkin told TMZ Sports, he hoped Punk would lose the fight.
"The Monsoon" was recently on the SFLC Podcast and couldn't believe the backlash he received from the pro wrestling community in defense of the man who left WWE in Jan. 2014.
“I didn’t think I’d have all these little wrestling freaks after me, dude. Those people are like cults. They’re like, they’re like, I dunno, Mormons. Dude, they’re just on me.”
When he was asked about he felt about Punk getting into MMA, Larkin doubled down on his original comments.
“People just don’t understand dude, it’s like, being a fighter and dedicating your life to something, and then for somebody to just…I get it, he’s famous, I get it, you know, cool. They try to compare him to Brock and the thing is you can’t compare him to Brock. Brock has a collegiate background, Brock didn’t fight his first fight in the UFC. Brock fought in Japan and when he came to the UFC they didn’t give that motherfu**er no break! His first fight was Frank Mir! His second fight was Heath Herring. His third fight was [Randy] Couture, right? Then he fought Shane Carwin, got his ass whooped, like this motherfu**er got thrown in a volcano and climbed out! He had no easy pass on his fighting career. I respect Brock. He proved himself. But for somebody who has no collegiate nothing, and hasn’t [done] any type of combat sport. I look at the UFC like it’s the NFL, and this is like the biggest promotion there is out there. I take fu**ing pride in that, I think all fighters should take pride in that. So for somebody just to not even get one fight, just to have his first fight in the UFC, it’s like, it just waters down what the f**k I do. I’m finally proud when people are like, “Yeah, what do you do?” I fight in the UFC! I can take pride in that shit. But not if someone has no fights and they just jump in. I have teammates that are fu**ing struggling. Struggling working a job, fu**ing working everyday, and then coming to the gym struggling…and that are good, who want to be in the UFC, that really wanna make it in fighting, and they don’t get shots unless it’s like last minute…there’s fu**ing guys out there who are HUNGRY, and they have talent. When you see shit like that [CM Punk], like come on man. I don’t give a sh*t if you’re famous or not.”
The 29-year-old Larkin returns to action at UFC 202 on August 20 against Neil Magny.
UFC 203 takes place on Sept. 13 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The main event of the show features Stipe Miocic defending the UFC heavyweight championship against former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.