Update: Dana Refutes CM Punk Rumor For UFC 225
In an Update, Dana Becker of WrestlingInc.com reported that Dana White has flat out denied a deal for CM Punk to fight at UFC 225, or in any event in the foreseeable future.
When asked about whether or not we’d see Punk in the octagon, White said, “I don’t know if that’s where he’ll fight, but he’s healthy and interested. This is no deal for CM Punk to fight anywhere (right now), so we’ll see how that plays out.”
After UFC announced the event for Punk’s hometown of Chicago, the former WWE Superstar sent a tweet indicating interest in the event.
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CM Punk may make his return to the Octagon in 2018, and look to rebound from his loss to Mickey Gall in 2016 when the UFC returns to his hometown of Chicago.
According to MMA Fighting, the UFC is considering putting Punk (Real Name: Phil Brooks) against Mike Jackson on the card for UFC 225 on June 9th.
Following last week’s announcement of UFC’s return to Chicago for a pay-per-view, many wondered if Punk, who rose to notoriety as a pro wrestler, would make his second appearance inside the Octagon.
Punk, a long time fan of mixed martial arts, made his debut at UFC 203 in September of 2016. He would lose to via submission in the first round to Mickey Gall, but both Dana White and Punk left the door open for another fight in the UFC, as Punk continued to train at Roufusport in Milwaukee in hopes of getting another fight.
Jackson who also lost to Gall via first-round submission in February 2016, has been calling out Punk on social media wanting to take on the Chicago native inside the Octagon.
And while Punk has been mum about Jackson’s comments, he has been known for his ability to get under the skin of fans, fighters, and promoters while in pro wrestling, especially while a member of the WWE roster. And while there is no announced main event for UFC 225, many believe adding Punk to the card would be a definitive boost in ticket sales, and potentially on Pay-Per-View.