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CM Punk: 'I'm done with professional wrestling'


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CM Punk is ready to put his pro wrestling career behind him.

After saying yesterday that he didn't think he'd be open to an offer to return to the ring, Punk clarified his position during today's UFC 225 media day in Chicago.

"I'm done, I'm done, I'm done with professional wrestling," Punk told TSN. "A lot of people like to be mad at me about that and make fun of me because I lost my first fight. And it's like, that's fine. You're entitled to your opinion. But you do not own me, and I am entitled to do what I want to do. And that's what I'm doing.

"Wrestling is in the rearview mirror. I've been trying for five years to put wrestling in the rearview mirror. And some people...they won't let it go. They, I don't know, want to live my life for me. I kind of don't understand that. But it doesn't matter what I say. I've said 'no, no, no, no' so many times that people just always kind of be like, 'oh, so there's a chance.'"

Punk was following up on comments that he made during an interview with Ariel Helwani yesterday. Helwani asked Punk if he'd be participating in Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks' All In show this September, and Punk replied that he wouldn't be. Punk said that no one has ever made him a concrete offer to wrestle for them since he left WWE in 2014. He said he didn't think he'd be open to one and feels like he's out of the business -- but didn't completely close the door at that point on something coming up in the future.

Punk's second MMA fight will be taking place at the United Center on Saturday as he and Mike Jackson open the pay-per-view portion of UFC 225.