All signs point to Phil “CM Punk” Brooks making his second octagon appearance at UFC 225 in June.
Punk (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), a former professional wrestler who reached the apex of his stardom with the WWE, has spent the past several years training MMA. He was immediately signed by the UFC, but his debut didn’t go well by any standard.
Nearly two years after his UFC signing was announced, Punk stepped in the octagon against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in September 2016. He was was swiftly submitted in the opening round.
Instead of giving up, though, Punk has remained dedicated to MMA. He’s been a constant presence at the Roufusport camp in Milwaukee, Wis., training alongside the likes of UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, former ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren and other notables.
Whether the UFC would grant Punk a second chance is something company president Dana White let float in the air for quite some time. Eventually he committed to giving the 39-year-old another opportunity, and when the organization announced UFC 225 would takes place in Punk’s backyard of Chicago, it seemed like a natural fit for his return.
Punk has remained mum on the subject over the past several months. That changed today, though, when in response to a trollish Twitter message, Punk all but confirmed he will be fighting at UFC 225 (via Twitter):
UFC 225 takes place June 9 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full lineup ands bout order haven’t been finalized. Punk did not mention any potential opponents for the card.
Punk didn’t reveal an opponent, which will likely come from outside the current roster given the pro wrestler’s lack of MMA experience.
The latest UFC 225 card includes:
- Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha
- Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem
- Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith
- Rashad Coulter vs. Allen Crowder
- CM Punk vs. TBA
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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