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CM Punk appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” on and announced that he absolutely intends on having a second MMA fight in the near future. After losing, as he put it during the interview, “in spectacular fashion” to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 back on September 10th, the MMA community was unsure what the future held for Punk. Punk told Helwani that he spoke with UFC President Dana White and told him that he understands if he decides to cut him from the roster, but mentioned that he told him he would be fighting again whether it was for the UFC or another smaller MMA promotion. He also mentioned that he was “confident” it would be in the UFC, but couldn’t say for sure. In terms of the timeframe, Punk mentioned wanting to get back into the cage as soon as January or February, noting he has already “returned to the drawing board” in training and has been reviewing what he did wrong and what he did right in the loss to Gall earlier this year. While no opponent has been mentioned, Punk did indicate that there’s a good chance the fight will again be contested at 170 pounds. He did, however, mention the possibility of 185 pounds due to the difficult weight cut he had for his first fight earlier this year.

TMZ Sports caught up with Dana White to get his thoughts on UFC 207 as well as the octagon futures of former WWE champions, Brock Lesnar and CM Punk.

CM Punk, on the other hand, is anxious to get back in the UFC to prove he is a better fighter than his 2:45 second loss to Mickey Gall would suggest. Dana White is cautious about getting the second city saint back on UFC pay per view:

I don’t know. I’ve got to talk to him and see how this thing works out for him. UFC’s a dangerous place, man. It really is. It’s a tough place to come in for your first couple fights. I give him all the credit and respect in the world for coming in and giving it a shot. It’s a tough place to do it though. But we’ll see what happens. I love the guy.

CM Punk was on the field before tonight’s National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. This was game two of the series and Punk was there to deliver a pre-game hype speech.

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Do you miss it?”

That’s a question I’ve been asked a lot over the past few months, ever since I decided to dedicate my life to mixed martial arts.

People want to know if I ever miss my old life as wrestling personality CM Punk. They wonder if I ever think about the crowds chanting my name or the rush of jumping off the top rope during the main event. It’s a fair question with a simple answer.

The truth is I don’t miss being CM Punk as much as I used to miss being me.

For a long time, the demands of my schedule as a professional wrestler forced me to prioritize my job over everything else in my life. My family, my health and my own ambitions had to be placed on the backburner. I gave everything I had to the job. But my time as a professional wrestler didn’t just end — it reached a conclusion. I achieved everything I wanted to in that arena, even beyond what I ever dreamed was possible. I had thought about trying something else for a long time before I actually made the move to MMA. And now that I’ve done it, I know I’ll never look back.

My reasons for pursuing MMA were simple.

First off, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do.

More important, it makes me happy.

For a long time, I didn’t really consider those things. Instead, I focused strictly on what I knew I was good at, which was being a professional wrestler. But in order to pursue what I was meant to do, I knew it would mean starting from a blank canvas. I have a background in jiujitsu, but besides that, I had to learn everything else from scratch — which excited me. So ultimately, I decided to put aside what I was good at in order to pursue what I wanted to be great at.

I knew that if I was going to do this, I had to approach it with no ego and a positive outlook. It’s difficult to do both of those things when you’re trying learn something that’s really difficult.
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Welterweight: CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall

Mickey Gall out first to Toni Basil’s “Mickey.” Clearly the criticism got to Dana White…and Rogan says it did! HA! In this moment I realize that “Mickey” is a MUCH better song when you’re not watching the goofy low budget video with it.

Punk out to Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality” to a huge pop. It’s happening, everybody. He’s clearly pumped up. And looks REALLY skinny. Hopefully he rehydrated properly.

Round 1: Well, here we go. Gall shoots immediately and gets Punk down. Gall throwing hard ground and pound. He gets the back. Rear naked choke. Punk escapes briefly, Gall gets it again, Punk taps. That was an entirely unnecessary exercise.

Official Decision: Mickey Gall defeated CM Punk by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:14 of round 1.

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