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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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The former WWE superstar made his mixed martial arts and UFC debut last September at UFC 203, which took place at the Quickens Loan Arena, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Punk, real name Phillip Brooks took on fellow rookie Mickey Gall, who went into the contest as the overwhelming favourite.
The contest went as many had predicted and saw Gall, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, dominate Punk before submitting him with a rear-naked choke a little over two minutes into the first round.
Despite the emphatic and very humbling nature of his defeat to Gall, Chicago native Punk is still keen on fighting in mixed martial arts’ premier organisation.
“Yea, absolutely,” Punk said during an appearance on Windy City Live when asked if he intends to carry on fighting. :It’s all tough.
“When I was a wrestler, I was throwing myself at the ground 300 days a year.
“Now I’m more focused on different disciplines, and I get to sleep in my own bed every night.”
Punk’s latest comments on his future came less than a week after he confirmed he’s searching for an opponent for his second MMA and UFC fight.
“Working on it,” Punk tweeted when asked when he’ll be fighting next.
“Training and dealing with a lower body thing at the moment.”
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If CM Punk wants to give the UFC another shot, it won’t happen anytime soon with the former wrestler turned mixed martial artist out of commission for six weeks to compete on the upcoming season of MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.
Punk is one of 10 professional athletes who will compete on the show against “familiar faces from the long-running series” for a chance to win $50,000 for their charity of choice, according to MTV’s press release. Joining Punk in the athlete’s circle: Candice Wiggins, Lolo Jones, Shawne Merriman, Lindsey Jacobellis, Louise Hazel, Tia Blanco, Gus Kenworthy, Louie Vito and Kamerion Wimbley. The final male and female competitor standing from either side at the show’s end will “endure the ultimate test” to determine the winner.
“The game rules for the first-of-its-kind clash of the titans is as follows,” according to MTV. “Each episode will focus on a different strength (agility, ingenuity, brawn, brains, endurance and guts). Every week, the winning team’s captain will choose one member of their team to go into the elimination round, and the rest of the team will vote in their opponent. The losing team’s captain is automatically sent into elimination, and their team will also nominate their opponent.”
This is an interesting change of pace from Punk, who we haven’t seen much of since his loss to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last September. Punk said in February that he had been working “feverishly” on a UFC return with Dana White and he made it clear that he’s not done fighting even though his one and only UFC fight was short-lived. “I’m throwing names at Dana, opponents, dates,” he said at the time. “I don’t know if he’s waiting for a Chicago show or what the deal is, but if it doesn’t happen in the UFC, it will happen somewhere else.”
White, however, wasn’t as confident about Punk’s future in the UFC following his loss, saying he’s “probably not” going to fight in the UFC again. Punk’s decision to join The Challenge doesn’t automatically mean his fighting career is over, of course, but it doesn’t seem like the logical next step in his plans to get back into the Octagon. Maybe we’ll have a better idea of where his head is at when the show begins on May 16th.