CM Punk did quite a bit of media surrounding UFC 189, here are highlights from a video interview:
On his toughest training day
I think wrestling is probably my hardest day. You’re constantly in somebody’s face, you’re not trying to give up any ground. It’s no secret I didn’t wrestle in high school, and everybody I train with did, so they have a lifetime of experience but I love that. Because what better place to get better at the one thing you’re bad at.
On when he might have his debut fight
I never gave anybody a concrete date because I wasn’t sure myself. A big part of me wants to fight before the end of the year, I don’t want to wait too long, but I kind of view it probably unfairly, as like having a kid. You can plan as much as you want to have a kid, but you’re never gonna be prepared. Eventually I have to fight, and to me that’s probably when I will learn the most.
On fighters thanking God after fights
I’m a free speech guy. That being said, if there is a God — and I’m an atheist, I don’t believe there is — I think he has better things to do than worry about what somebody’s doing for fifteen minutes in a cage. I’d like to see people thank their coaches more than Jesus…I just think it’s a weird thing to do.
On Yoel Romero’s tweet expressing disapproval of marriage equality
I don’t know Yoel, I hope to meet him someday…but I do think his general message was he was pretty disappointed that we legalized gay marriage, and he’s allowed to say that. That’s the great thing about this country. He’s absolutely allowed to say it and I’m allowed to poke fun of him on Twitter about it.
On Conor McGregor
I love Conor McGregor. Conor McGregor’s great business…that’s a guy who gets it. That’s pro wrestling. That’s Mohammad Ali, and Mohammad Ali got that from Gorgeous George.