source | FoxSports.com
“I definitely think part of that is what influenced this. There’s a lot of guys in pro wrestling that just kind of have this MMA fantasy and they never act on it. I’m acting on it,” Punk told FOX Sports recently. “I don’t want to be one of those guys who sits there and goes, ‘I could have done that or I should have done that.’ I can, so I’m doing it.”
Punk says if the UFC had sooner developed into the powerhouse promotion, in which fighters are able to make millions, many of the top pro wrestlers would have opted for a career in fighting instead of working for the WWE.
Unfortunately, when many of the biggest names in professional wrestling were making a transition from another sport such as football or college wrestling, the WWE was the best option with the biggest upside financially.
“A lot of guys say it. I think The Undertaker said it, I think there’s a ton of guys out there, if the money was different in the ’90s, they would have done it,” Punk said.