It's no secret that CM Punk hasn't had the easiest transition from the wacky world of professional wrestling to the grittier, unscripted world of mixed martial arts. After seeing his debut get pushed back due to injuries, he finally arrived as an MMA rookie in September 2016 at UFC 203, only to get totally annihilated by then-unknown youngster Mickey Gall. We've yet to see Punk fight for the second time in the octagon, but that might be changing soon if UFC president Dana White's recent comments are any indication.
In an interview with the New York Post, White mostly focused on matters involving the two men who took part in a historic boxing match in August 2017—Conor McGregor, who was stripped earlier this week of his Lightweight Championship due to inactivity, and Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defeated McGregor at the aforementioned event to spoil the Irishman’s pro boxing debut. While White isn’t sure whether the “Notorious” McGregor will ever make his return to the octagon, and guardedly optimistic about the possibility of Mayweather debuting in the UFC, provided he exits his deal with Showtime Sports, the UFC boss was more forthcoming about the possibility of a second CM Punk UFC match.
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“I like that guy. He’s a good dude,” White remarked, also noting that he's working on choosing an opponent for Punk and a date for his second UFC fight. “He wants one more. He wants to get another shot. I’m going to give it to him.”
Regarding the rumors of Brock Lesnar leaving the WWE to return to UFC and Ronda Rousey doing the exact opposite, White believes that there’s a good chance that will be the case, as he expects Lesnar to return once his one-year doping suspension is over, but doesn’t see Rousey returning to the octagon after losing badly in her last two fights.
Prior to his UFC debut in 2016, CM Punk was one of the most successful Superstars of WWE’s modern era, having held the WWE Championship for an amazing 434 days at one point in his career. Due to what seemed to be creative issues, he abruptly walked out of the company in January 2014 and would appear on then-best friend Colt Cabana’s Art of Wrestling podcast in November of that year to accuse WWE of firing him on the day of his wedding to former WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee. He also accused WWE doctor Chris Amann of misdiagnosing a staph infection and is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Amann, who sued him and Cabana in February 2015 for defamation.
As Punk will be turning 40-years-old in October, the clock is running out on his hopes of having a decent, if brief MMA career. Regardless of whom he gets to fight and when, he'll need to prepare long and hard, as Dana White prepares to give WWE's former Straight Edge Superstar a second chance at making his name in the UFC.