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Video: CM Punk: Historically, 'MMA is pro wrestling'

CM Punk spoke about his UFC debut, getting advice from Brock Lesnar, and the similarities between Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts.

In an interview with WISports, CM Punk spoke about various things about his impending UFC debut. The former WWE star likened this venture to people who like talking about wanting to do something, but always had excuses not to pursue the actual goal:

"I don’t think I’ve ever told anybody this," Punk told Lance Allan in an exclusive interview on TODAY'S TMJ4. "If you watch NASCAR and you want to race in NASCAR, but you give yourself every excuse why in the world not to do it. I have a 9 to 5 job, a wife, kids, I can’t afford it. Too expensive. And then you eliminate all that and just go after what you want to go after. That’s just something I’ve wanted to do for a long time."

"I've been here a little over one month now," Punk said about his progress. "Five more months we're going to sit down and we're going to talk, and we're going to see where my weight's at, we're going to see how I feel. It's no longer just up to me. It's up to my coaches.

"This is just a guess, October, November, December. But we'll see. I'm fully aware it could be later than that, could be earlier than that."

Punk also spoke about getting advice from Brock Lesnar who made the move from being a WWE superstar to a UFC champion:

"I've talked to him and he's offered all his help, even if it's just bug him with a stupid question. It's cool to know he supports me. He's a good guy to know, I think."

When asked about the similarities between pro-wrestling and MMA, Punk gave an interesting answer:

"I think MMA is pro wrestling," Punk said. "If you go back to the early 1900's and the whole genesis of professional wrestling, and then you go back to the early beginnings of MMA, it was all pro wrestlers."

Punk noted that without the media and attractions surrounding MMA, it wouldn't be as popular as it is.

"The characters, the action, the media, the mouths," Punk added. "There's a reason people are interested in this, whether it's good or it's bad, whether they love me or they hate me."

Some people may take offense to the comparison, but if you trace the roots of the sport, Punk does have a point. A lot of the roots of MMA goes back to catch wrestling and the pro wrestlers involved, but you can also trace that back further as well:

Of course if you want to trace it back further and read up more on the lineage, you can check out our extensive features on the sport's history here: MMA Origins