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Like Godzilla emerges from the oceans of Japan every 100 years to destroy Mothra, Rodan and King Kong, so does CM Punk, who has come out of his hole of seclusion to wreak havoc on all those hardcore MMA fans.

Yes, CM Punk is talking, and he hasn't changed.

In an interview with Colin Cowherd on The Herd, Punk came out swinging, criticizing the WWE for treating wrestlers like "indentured servants," providing no health insurance, and not paying for hotel and travel. Geez, Punk, you wrestled in the new millennium. I wonder how Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair and Pedro Morales ever survived such conditions?

Nonetheless, Punk is ready to fight Mickey Gall (Mickey Mouse might be a better match-up, since the big-eared rat hasn't had any MMA fights either) at UFC 203 on Sept. 10., and he's firing statements out a lot faster than punches based on those training videos of his hand-speed.

“I know people think this is a publicity stunt,” Punk said on The Herd. “I look forward to proving them wrong, but to me, it’s not super far-fetched to be like, ‘You know what? What if I put three or four wins together? Who’s to say I don’t get a title shot?’”

One thing at a time, Punk. Let's get by the guy who says he will knock you out in the round first. Punk is a +235 underdog heading into the fight.

Punk was widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the world. He worked a stiff style, was athletic and had great skills on the microphone. He worked as both a heel and a good guy, and had more charisma in his left nostril than Roman Reigns ever had. But Punk wanted to be champion and he wanted to headline WrestleMania. Instead, he dropped the WWE title to The Rock and was offered a match against Triple H at WrestleMania. He quit.

Punk, like Daniel Bryan, was highly popular among fans, but was never fully embraced by the WWE brass. The WWE generally pushes big guys, like Reigns, John Cena and Brock Lesnar.

Inside and outside of the ring, Punk is articulate and a straight-shooter. He's an atheist who lives a "straight-edged" life -- no drugs or alcohol.

"At an early age I had a strong sense of who I was," Punk said. "I never saw a reason to do anything I never wanted to do to fit in, gain friends or gain acceptance. It just didn't make sense to me. At the end of the day you lay your head on the pillow and you look at yourself in the mirror. You are the one you gotta live with."

Punk doesn't mind the haters. He said "human beings are going to be human beings." Fake people don't bother him, he added.

"I grew up like a punk rock kid in Chicago," Punk said "I saw bizarre elitism at an early age. People kind of latch on to certain bands when they first start. They want to say they saw their first show and this and that. And when that band gets bigger, it breaks and they get signed to their first label they have all these people crying 'sellout.' I know not everyone's end game is to make money, but if you stay true to yourself and you are still doing your art or your sport or whatever it is and someone wants to give you a paycheck for that, you are not less of a human being for doing that."

Punk has stayed true to himself. The best thing that can happen at UFC 203 is for Punk to pull off the upset and revolutionize the UFC as a crossover star that would make Conor McGregor look like Jose Aldo on the microphone. Will that happen? It's unlikely, but if there's a guy who can pull it off, it is CM Punk.

Watch this and I guarantee you no UFC fighter will ever know what this feels like:

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