Real Name: Phillip Jack Brooks A.K.A.: CM Punk, Phil Brooks Born: October 26, 1978, Chicago, IL WWE Debut: 2005 UFC Debut: UFC 203
CM Punk, is an MMA fighter, comic book writer, and retired professional wrestler, currently signed with the UFC. He was a two-time WWE Champion, including a 434-day reign from November 20, 2011, to January 27, 2013, that is recognized by WWE as the longest of the modern era. » Read More?
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UFC president Dana White intends to give former WWE star CM Punk “another shot” in the Octagon.
White told The Associated Press he is “working on” a second fight for Punk (0-1), whose birth name is Phil Brooks.
“I like that guy. He’s a good dude,” White said. “He wants to give it another shot. I’m going to give it to him.”
The UFC signed Punk in late 2014, despite zero fighting experience. He made his mixed martial arts debut at UFC 203 in September 2016, and was badly outclassed in a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall.
At that time, White admitted Punk’s next fight “probably shouldn’t be in the UFC.”
Apparently, he has had a change of heart.
“He’s a completely different case than most normal human beings,” White said. “So, I’m going to give him another shot.”
Punk, 39, trains out of Roufusport MMA in Milwaukee. Before his unsuccessful MMA debut, he adamantly stated he intended to fight more than once and was not simply looking for a one-off for financial reasons.
He remains the most inexperienced fighter on the UFC’s roster.
For those waiting for news coming out of UFC 218 regarding CM Punk’s MMA future, you’re going to have to continue to wait.
UFC President Dana White noted prior to the event that Punk was scheduled to fly in to Detroit, Michigan, the site of Saturday’s UFC pay-per-view, to meet with him about possibly entering the Octagon for a second time.
At a media scrum held earlier this week, White spoke about his plans to meet with the former WWE Superstar, who lost in his lone professional MMA bout to Mickey Gall via first-round submission at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio last September.
“CM Punk is coming this weekend and wants to talk to me,” said White when asked by a reporter if he’s interested in having Punk fight a second time in the UFC. “He’ll be in Detroit.”
When asked whether or not he has interest in booking Punk to fight inside the cage again, White seemed non-committal.
“Yeah, well, I love the guy,” said White. “He’s a good guy, so we’ll see what he’s thinking and what he’s doing and …umm… I don’t know. He makes a lot of money.”
Punk did travel to Detroit as expected, but as of the post-fight press conference held immediately after the event, he had yet to meet with the UFC boss man.
White spoke about Punk again at the post-fight press conference, noting that he made the trip to Detroit and came out to the Octagon with his teammate, Paul Felder, for Felder’s fight with Charles Oliveira at the show.
“He just came out to support his team, we haven’t talked about anything yet.”
Former WWE champion was rumoured to be near a return to wrestling but has now snubbed the idea to stay with the MMA company
WWE legend CM Punk is back in training for his second UFC fight – following a loss after just two-minutes on his debut.
The 38-year-old ace was humiliated in September last year after he was outclassed by youngster Mickey Gall.
The five-time WWE champion was submitted with a rear naked choke, despite being paid a staggering £375,000 in his first professional bout at UFC 203. He has been linked with a sensational move back into wrestling ever since the loss, after becoming one of the most loved characters in history. But he is closer to a Octagon return than ring, after being snapped with MMA coach Duke Roufus after a heavy pad workout.
The Instagram post read: “Back in #PunkCamp with my man @cmpunk #cmpunk working hard & getting better every day. Working on his next Fight.”
It is not known where Punk’s next UFC fight will take place or when, but it is understood it will not be until early next year. WWE fans are desperate for him to return after he quit in January 2014, following nine-years with the company.
His charismatic personality and astonishing in-ring presence made him a favourite, including possibly the most famous ‘Pipe-bomb Promo’ ever. Punk quit wrestling after a bust-up with owner Vince McMahon and chief Triple H over the way he was booked and perceived by the WWE.
His close pal Samoa Joe spoke openly about the the welterweight coming back to the squared-circle sometime in the future. He said: “You never know with Punk. He is definitely somebody who does things his own way. “I think the biggest thing is that you can never count out what his next move will be. I think no one would have predicted his move to UFC. “Nobody would have predicted a lot of things he does, so whatever he chooses to do, he will do what feels best in the moment.”