Phil 'CM Punk' Brooks was interviewed by Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated ahead of his UFC debut where the former WWE star had some very interesting thoughts to offer about Brock Lesnar's failed drug tests before and after his UFC 200 win. Below are some of the highlights from the whole interview:
Upon being asked if anybody in WWE reminds him of himself, Punk said that everyone does their own stuff, although he said that there may be some hints of him here and there:
"Everybody is their own self. I think there's maybe hints of me here and there, and whether that's they're trying to emulate me, or they're just good and maybe I was good too, I don't know, but I definitely don't take credit for anyone's hard work."
Talking about his time in WWE when he had become a prominent face of the company, Phil claimed that he has helped lots of guys during their days in the development territory:
"I was the guy that championed all the guys in developmental. Whether people there want to admit it or not, I helped a lot of guys A, get hired, and B, get called up. It was because I knew they were good, so it wasn't just because of what I said that got them to where they are. It was them, but I was one of the first guys to shed a light on that and say, 'F--- it, these are the guys that are good.' When I was where these guys are, no one would do that for me. I really felt like I needed to be different from a lot of the top guys that were around when I got called up."
Upon being asked about his SummerSlam 2013 opponent The beast Brock Lesnar and the recent headlines he made after failing 2 consecutive drug tests, the former WWE star said that it burns him out:
"I think it sucks. I get tested by USADA all the time, and I'm the drug-free kid. It's like when you're driving on the highway and the cop is behind you – 'Well, I wasn't speeding, and my taillight isn't out, but let me slow down.' The whole thing bums me out. Brock came back, he fought an impressive fight and won, and then he failed a test. It bums me out when anybody fails a test."
Along with this, CM Punk also talked about his upcoming bout, how MMA has helped him in healing his injuries and more.