CM Punk will fight again for the UFC despite an embarrassing first round loss in his first ever mixed martial arts (MMA) bout.
After leaving WWE in 2014, Punk declared his intentions to make the career switch over to being a MMA fighter. He signed a multi fight deal with the UFC and made his debut after two straight years of training under Roufussport.
The gym trains champions such as former 155-pound king Anthony "Showtime" Pettis and current UFC welterweight champion Tyron "The Chosen One" Woodley.
Punk made his debut at UFC 203 in September of 2016. He fought welterweight Mickey Gall, who is a Gracie jiu-jitsu brown belt. The former WWE champ came in overaggressive and was taken down before being submitted via rear-naked choke.
After the fight many thought Punk would quite fighting and return to professional wrestling, but the exact opposite happened. He declared his intentions to fight again, whether the UFC would have him again or not.
UFC President Dana White initially expressed doubt in allowing him to fight under his banner again, but recently came out and said he was going to give "The Cult Of Personality" one more shot.
There has been a rumor floating around that Punk's next opponent could be fellow 0-1 fighter Mike Jackson, who lost to Mickey Gall for the opportunity to be CM Punk's first-ever opponent.
Jackson told FloCombat that no contract has been signed to fight CM Punk just yet (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“No contract has been signed. I’m waiting to hear back from Phil and his camp,” Jackson said on a recent episode of FloCombat.com’s Top Turtle MMA podcast.
“I’ve spoken to Mick Maynard, who is a close personal friend of mine as well as the UFC matchmaker, and he kind of doesn’t know what’s going on at this time with (CM) Punk.”
“[Brooks is] really getting a crash course, and I feel that, unless you’re some crazy prodigy, like a young B.J. Penn, the chances of you picking up different facets of the game to compete with someone — even on my level — it’s very slim,” Jackson said.
“Then you add in the fact that he’s pushing 40. And then, the other variables that people don’t even consider, is the wear and tear that professional wrestling puts on a man’s body.”
What are your thoughts on Punk possibly fighting Mike Jackson next inside the Octagon? Do you think he has a shot at picking up the first win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career? And do you think that Punk will ultimately accept this fight? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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