CM Punk and Nate Diaz are bros, at least according to CM Punk.
Punk said in a recent interview that Diaz reached out to him and apologized for the negative comments he'd made when he first heard the wrestler was joining the UFC.
Punk can apparently thank Ronda Rousey and Gilbert Melendez for the change.
"At UFC 200, I was doing an autograph signing and the guy I was signing the autograph for started like pointing behind me and I heard someone like yelling my name and I turned around and I was on a riser and Nate Diaz was on the ground and he was like 'hey man come here,'" Punk told FOX Sports. "I was like 'what's up?' and he was the nicest (expletive) guy."
"I don't know if he'll get mad and this will ruin the image of Nate Diaz, but he was like 'hey man, I talked some (expletive) before and I don’t know you and I'm sorry’ and he's like, ‘Gilbert (Melendez) and Ronda (Rousey) said that you're a cool dude and they love you’ and I started looking around for the cameras. I was like all right. I thought that was super, super cool of him. Super nice guy."
Punk will make his debut next weekend at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall. He was one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, but left the WWE because he was dissatisfied with his push. Punk shocked everyone when he appeared on a UFC broadcast with Joe Rogan, announcing that he had signed with the company.
Hardcore MMA fans have blasted him, saying he shouldn't be able to appear in the UFC in his debut match, on the main card of a PPV. Punk has not lashed out back at the fans, instead saying he understands their skepticism, but that it's his life and if he has an opportunity to fight, he'll take it.
Punk is the underdog heading into the fight with Gall. However, he may have Nate Diaz rooting for him.