“What’s wrong with doing it just two or three fights? That’s a lot of money… 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… To wrestling fans who say, ‘Oh, this is B.S.’…the ones who say I’m going to fight one time are the same ones now saying I’m never going to make it to the Octagon. That’s for them to say. They’re entitled to their opinion, but I’ll prove them all wrong.”
-CM Punk talks to Colin Cowherd on his radio program “The Herd” about his UFC debut at UFC 203, and proving all of his doubters wrong (transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
Penick’s Analysis: Because of the extensive delays to his eventual debut, it’s entirely understandable for anyone to question whether or not he’d actually find his way to the cage. It’s entirely understandable for him to combat that doubt. Now, saying anything about title shots is just stirring things up, and he’s going to get plenty of comments back his way because of that. That’s what Punk does well, though. He’s great at getting a reaction, and it’s something he should be utilizing to drum up further interest in the fight itself come Sept. 10. If he comes into the cage and beats Gall, he might be able to put something together from there. We’ll find out in Cleveland one way or another.
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