CM Punk has been signed with UFC for almost a year and a half now, but he is yet to have his debut match inside the octagon for the promotion.
Most people thought that we wouldn't be waiting long for Punk's debut - real name Phil Brooks - thanks to his wrestling days and background in Kempo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He has been training alongside former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, but we're still waiting for his first fight.
UFC President Dana White has said in the past that Brooks' debut would come against Mickey Gall, possibly at UFC 199. However, in February earlier this year, those plans were put aside for the time being after Brook's doctor announced he would require surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back.
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This was an injury from Punk's WWE days, and, as of writing, no debut match has been scheduled for the former WWE superstar. However, Gall - the fighter that was supposed to be Punk's first opponent in the octagon - revealed what could be very big news on his Instagram.
He said in his Instagram post: "Some more light sparring w @ljreboli. Gonna be more active on social media. Let me know what you guys wanna see. Love hearing from ya. Btw I hear I'm fighting Punk late summer. No official date yet I'll let u know when I know. @frederickchevrolet @fujisportsus."
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So if you believe the 24-year-old fighter, he will face the former WWE superstar inside the octagon before the end of the summer, which is great news for Punk fans that have been dying to see the 37-year-old fight.
However, at the age of 37 with reports emerging that he hasn't been progressing well during training and with his recent injuries, many are questioning if Brooks should have an MMA fight at all. Some critics are saying he doesn't deserve to fight in UFC and that he should retire from all sports.
Due to Punk's draw, White is unlikely to force him to retire anytime soon because he can make so much money at the box office. Not only will he be a draw to UFC fans because of the current situation, but he will also attract the fans that loved him while he was with the WWE as well who want to see how he is getting on.
WWE and UFC will be hoping to see at least one fight from Punk before he makes any sort of decision on his future, and that could be against Gall later this summer.
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