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?
Fighter • Last fight: UFC 203
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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.”
CM Punk appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” on MMAFighting.com 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.
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.