CM Punk is one of the biggest stars in professional wrestling history, but due to his toxic relationship with WWE, he decided to walk away from the industry back in January of 2014.
Punk instead decided to venture off into a new career path, signing with the UFC and announcing his intentions to fight in mixed martial arts (MMA). The Voice Of The Voiceless signed up with one of the best MMA camps in the world - Roufussport.
After two-straight years of training, Punk made his MMA debut at UFC 203 in September of 2016 against welterweight prospect Mickey Gall.
Punk was immediately taken down in the fight and battered before being forced to tap out to a rear-naked choke after two minutes. Despite the lopsided defeat, Punk announced his intentions to continue fighting and refused to give up.
He has been training for two more years and will make his return to the cage in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 2018 at the UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV). Punk will be taking on Mike Jackson, an MMA journalist who also has a record of 0-1.
Jackson's MMA debut came against Mickey Gall in 2016, as he lost out on the opportunity to welcome Punk into the Octagon himself - but now he'll get his crack at the 39-year-old.
Although Punk is fully focused on his MMA career now, fans are still holding out hope that one day, one of their biggest fan favorites, will return to wrestling one day.
In a recent interview, The Young Bucks discussed their close relationship with Punk and were asked about the possibility of him appearing at their upcoming "All In" event in Chicago.
While they didn't answer whether or not he'd be there, Matt Jackson admitted that Punk still loves professional wrestling (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"I will say this: I text message Punk on a weekly basis. We're good friends. We talk wrestling. He still loves wrestling, of course he does.
"We're pro wrestlers. That's what we do. Even when you quit or retire or whatever, it's still in your blood."
What are your thoughts on Punk still loving professional wrestling despite his toxic ending to his career inside the ring? Do you think that we will ever see the former WWE Champion back in the wrestling ring? And how do you think Punk will do against Jackson? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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