CM Punk will not be a 'one-and-done' fighter in the UFC and is already thinking about his career in the sport past this weekend's bout with Mickey Gall.
CM Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, will make his UFC debut next weekend at UFC 203, and despite the fear of the unknown as he prepares for his first official fight, he's adamant that he will fight again.
Punk made his name with the WWE, before leaving the company and signing for UFC nearly two years ago in order to fulfill a dream of his.
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A lot of questions have been asked about his suitability to the sport and also whether he deserves a spot on the card given his lack of experience in the octagon.
However, Punk has been training hard for his UFC debut, and his work rate and commitment hasn't gone unnoticed, with Dana White revealing that some fighters have new-found respect for the former-wrestler.
White was on the phone to Punk whilst they were filming the Evolution of Punk, and he revealed that people are starting to respect him as a fighter.
With his debut fight on the horizon, Punk has been involved in press conferences and also a war of words with his opponent this weekend, but when asked about his future plans, he was adamant that it won't just be one fight for him.
However, Punk admitted that due to his age, he can't be 100% sure about the future, before reiterating that he is with UFC for the long haul.
“I don’t think past this fight. I’m not focused on who No. 2 is gonna be. I’m just focused on this one,” Punk said during a conference call on Thursday.
“But to say it’s one-and-done, I think that’s premature. But I’m also old enough and wise enough to know that you never say never. Who knows what’s gonna happen. I’m for sure in this for the long haul. I’ve got a decent number of fights on my contract and I’m looking to fulfill it and have fun doing it.”
Punk will fight Gall on September 10 in Cleveland.
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