It's official, CM Punk will finally be making his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, who originally signed his deal with the company nearly two years ago, is finally stepping inside an octagon and will be showing off whatever Mixed Martial Arts skills he has to the outside world.
The man himself spoke in a recent interview and confirmed that he will be fighting at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall.
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Punk appeared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast earlier this week to confirm his fight later this year at the event in Cleveland, Ohio.
Speaking to Matt Serra and Jim Norton on the show, Punk said he had been keeping a low profile in the media as of late, but that it was now going ahead.
"I've been laying low media-wise, because I have nothing to say," Punk said. "You can't talk a bunch of s--t until you've been in there, and I haven't been."
"The instant I got cleared, I got on the horn and nailed everything down, and I'll be debuting September 10 in Cleveland."
The event is headlined by the Heavyweight Championship clash between the local boy Stipe Miocic defending his title against Alistair Overeem. Fabricio Werdum vs. Ben Rothwell - also in the heavyweight division - has been confirmed for the event as well.
Punk has been training for more than a year now at Roufusport in Milwaukee, under the controversial coaching of Duke Roufus.
The Chicagoan said that he had to take care of his injury issues before setting a date for his UFC debut, noting that the injuries are ones that he's dealt with for years following his time in the WWE, with its gruelling schedule.
"I'm happy to have a date, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. You keep training and keep training until you hit a wall, and that was the point I was at. I found out I've been walking around with a herniated disk for probably years," Punk said.
Punk had no previous combat sports experience and very little martial arts training outside of some Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Rener Gracie and Kenpo karate when he was younger.
He is facing Mickey Gall, who is 2-0 professionally, and debuted in the UFC with a first-round submission victory over Mike Jackson back in February.
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