CM Punk has been signed with UFC since December 2014, and he was expected to have his first fight with the promotion in the summer of 2015, but that was pushed to the back end of last year.
It was announced that the 37-year-old would likely be fighting Mickey Gall in the octagon whenever he’s ready to make his debut in MMA. Many thought this clash would be at UFC 199 later this year, or UFC 200.
However, setbacks have occurred meaning Punk's UFC debut has been put on hold until later this year at the earliest if possible. The main reason for the delay has been that he is still dealing with lingering injuries from his time in the WWE.
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Since signing with UFC, WWE has stayed away from talking about Punk's new career path, as the company doesn't usually like to talk about past superstars that left the company on bad terms. Yet, in a recent episode of the Edge and Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness on the WWE Network, Edge and Christian talked about the former WWE Champion's UFC debut.
The former WWE Tag Team Champions played a game called “Will WWE talk about it?”, and on their topic generator appeared CM Punk's UFC debut. Edge and Christian said that WWE will gladly talk about Punk’s Octagon debut, “if he ever has one,” and then they laughed.
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When Punk eventually debuts in UFC, it will arguably be one of the biggest debuts in the promotion's history. Yet, some have questioned if the former WWE superstar will ever make his debut inside the octagon at all due to his past injuries still lingering. Many believe he wouldn't be able to last a training camp before a fight without a past injury popping up.
There are those that also believe the former WWE Champion will return to the company which he once called home at some point in the future despite the man's reiteration that he never wants to go back because of the way he was treated. Yet, when you look back in history and see the likes of Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar have managed to return, there is hope yet for Punk fans.
The WWE would likely talk about it when Punk does eventually have his debut in UFC to probably have a little dig at their former superstar, and they'll probably have an even bigger dig at him if he loses his first match and goes one and done.
Punk will be looking to prove upon his debut that he means business and isn't just a publicity stunt for the promotion, but his scheduled opponent won't be a walkover for him. Gall defeated Mike Jackson via submission in his last fight in just 45 seconds back in February earlier this year.