Vitor Belfort announced this week that he intends to honor his UFC contract and have his last match as a member of the promotion. He wants to make sure that he goes out with a bang and then hang up his gloves for good.
Possible contenders for that final bout are all around and he is one of the fighters in the UFC who could court some star-power in his final match. The storied Anderson Silva rematch is on the table as is a date with Uriah Hall who is a rising star.
The Phenom has someone special in mind for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro on June 3 and his name is CM Punk. He joked that linking up with the former WWE-er might not be the most technically amazing fight, but it would certainly be an easy one.
He told AGFight: “I’m going to talk to them (UFC), but I want this fight at 205 pounds. I would love to do this fight in this category. It would have to be an interesting fighter, but not a top fighter.
“I’ve been fighting good guys before: Dan Henderson, [Chris] Weidman, Dan Henderson, ‘Jacaré’ [Souza], [Gegard] Mousasi and now Kelvin [Gastelum]. These are all hard fights, so if you can book a smoother fight… What’s the name of that guy from WWE?
“CM Punk would be a good fight. CM Punk, let’s get it on. That would be a really good fight.”
CM Punk’s MMA career hasn’t unfolded in the way that he had envisioned when he left the WWE to take on the world of combat sport instead of sports entertainment. For a lot of UFC talent that Punk is basically a punchline at this point.
The former WWE World Heavyweight Champion had the guts to take himself out of his comfort zone with the move to the UFC, but Mickey Gall quickly handled The Best in the World at UFC 203.
He lasted a mere 134 seconds and in spite of that fact, he has a massive and rabid fanbase that would chomp at the bit to see him inside of the cage again after a downer of a debut.
Belfort is being coy when he asked what the name of the WWE superstar was. He and everyone else in the sport know exactly who Punk is and due to most of the sport being in a gridlock waiting for Conor McGregor to return from fighting Floyd Mayweather.
Everyone knows that the former WWE performer is one of the only sure bet draws out there at the moment and even though he had a pedestrian debut, the eyes and dollars would follow him wherever he goes.
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