CM Punk Working Towards Second Fight
In September, there was no fairytale ending to Phil "CM Punk" Brook’s long road from professional wrestling to the UFC. In his fighting debut, Punk was destroyed by Mickey Gall and stopped in the first round. Despite the performance, Punk says that he is still training and wants another shot in the UFC.
Punk’s entrance into the UFC was a controversial one; he had no amateur or pro fighting experience, and many fans and UFC fighters alike criticized the promotion for allowing him to compete on the highest stage of mixed-martial-arts. His performance against Gall seemed to validate those criticisms, but UFC President Dana White has said that he is not ruling out Punk fighting for the UFC again.
Speaking to FOX Sports, Punk confirmed that he is still in the gym and fully intends on continuing his martial arts journey. Even if White doesn’t give him another chance in the UFC, he plans to fight somewhere.
"I am working feverishly," Punk said. "I’m throwing names at Dana, opponents, dates. I don’t know if he’s waiting for a Chicago show or what the deal is but if it doesn’t happen in the UFC, it will happen somewhere else.
"I’m dedicated to fighting and training. We’ll get there."
Though Punk was dominated by a relatively unseasoned fighter in his debut, it appears in retrospect that Mickey Gall was too tough of a challenge to throw at Punk. Gall followed up the UFC 203 victory by defeating Sage Northcutt in December, submitting the fellow prospect in the second round.