This past weekend at UFC 199, the promotion revealed that Brock Lesnar would be coming back for a one-time-only fight against an unconfirmed opponent at UFC 200 on July 9.
This will be the first time The Beast Incarnate will compete in the UFC since he lost against Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 back in December 2011. Despite participating in the show, Lesnar is still in fact signed with the WWE and will be competing at SummerSlam later this year.
It's easy to forget that there is another fighter signed to UFC that has WWE history, former WWE superstar CM Punk. He's been signed with the promotion since December 2014 but is still yet to have his debut fight. That date though might be closer than we think.
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According to Jeremy Botter of FloCombat, via a report on Wrestling Inc, Punk's - also known as Phil Brooks - first fight is currently being penciled in for UFC 202 on August 20 in Las Vegas later this summer. His opponent will be Mickey Gall.
This will be the same night Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will have their rematch fight, which was originally scheduled for UFC 200 before the whole situation between the Irish fighter and the UFC. Botter also mentioned he hoped he didn't ruin any plans, reflecting on the ban of MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani after he announced that Lesnar would be returning before the UFC did.
It's also worth noting that according to F4WOnline - via another report on Wrestling Inc - FOX Sports 1 has a reality series on Punk and Gall scheduled for August, giving further indication that Brooks' debut may occur not long after this date.
Punk fans will be glad they finally get to see their man compete in the octagon after being signed with UFC for almost 18 months. They'll also be hoping nothing pops up to delay his debut fight again.
At the age of 37, with reports emerging that he hasn't been progressing well during training and with his recent injuries that have caused many setbacks for him already, many critics are wondering if Brooks should even compete in UFC at all.
However, the amount of money Punk can help the promotion make at the box office is a big draw, so UFC president Dana White isn't going to be forcing him into retirement anytime soon. His appeal to UFC and WWE fans - like Lesnar - will help rake the money in this summer for the organization.
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