Once CM Punk's UFC signing was made official, several fighters took the opportunity to express their frustrations about how a former pro-wrestler with no MMA experience managed to secure a lucrative contract with the top promotion.
One of those fighters is One FC champion Ben Askren, who took to twitter soon after the announcement and labeled the UFC's decision to sign a "fake wrestler" instead of an Olympian an "amateur move."
Just over a week later, Punk announced that he would begin training for his UFC debut at under Duke Roufus at Roufusport, which also happens to be Askren's longtime gym.
Does Punk see this as a concern? Not in the slightest.
"That's one of the things me and Duke [Roufus] talked about," Punk told fans at the Q&A session on Friday (via MMAFighting.com). "Ben I think gets the aspect of the fight game, he wears the black hat and he does it well."
Punk, who's real name is Phil Brooks, doubts Askren's frustrations are personal. He understands the privelaged position he is in and does not blame fighters for questioning it.
"I don't think he has a personal problem with me," Punk said. "I completely understand his point of view. I'm not an Olympic wrestler, he is. Why wouldn't he kind of question that? I'll talk to Ben on Monday."
Transcription taken from MMAFighting.com.