Last December when the UFC signed CM Punk, the former WWE Superstar had this to say, in an interview on ESPN MMA Live, about when he would make his debut:
"Are you gonna hold me to this? Is everyone gonna hold me to this? We're saying 2015, which is very vague, but that's kind of how we want to keep it right now. It's 100% up to me - when I feel like I'm as ready as I'm going to get, without pushing it to 2016. So it'll probably be, at the earliest, fall. Latest, you know, sometime around this time next year."
Since then he has been training with Muay Thai expert Duke Roufus and the questions about when he will fight keep coming up. And now it looks like it won't happen until 2016.
On the latest edition of The Jon Anik and Kenny Florian Podcast, Punk said:
"I think a lot of people are antsy. They're saying on Twitter, ‘Ah, you're never going to fight.' This was just announced in what? November? December? I've been training full-time for like six months. As bad as I have the itch to get in there, like I said, I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be. I wouldn't be upset if it got pushed into 2016"
"I'm super OK with it if my accountant is. I know Duke has told me, and I think he's been public with it, that he would like a full 12 months before he signed off on me fighting," he continued. "I've had zero talks with Dana (White) or Lorenzo (Fertitta) or Joe Silva - anybody - about an opponent, about a date. I'm thankful for that because there's zero pressure on that, too."
So, like him or not, it looks like we will all have to wait a little longer than expected to see how CM Punk handles the transition from the squared circle to the octagon.