Last September, CM Punk, a pro wrestling star with essentially zero legitimate martial arts experience, stepped into the UFC’s Octagon for a battle with young prospect Mickey Gall. As so many expected, Punk was blown out of the water by his more experienced foe, losing via first-round submission.
While this fight itself was a veritable disaster for Punk, it earned him the respect of many fight fans who had previously doubted him. He clearly had some major deficits in the skill department, but it was also clear that he had heart abound.
Unfortunately, Punk has not yet been given another chance to test his mettle in the cage. Now more than a year removed from his failed MMA debut, we’re all still waiting to see how he’d fair in a second MMA foray.
Well, it sounds as though things could finally be moving in that direction.
During a Tuesday press event, UFC President Dana White revealed that CM Punk will be attending UFC 218, which goes down this Saturday in Detroit. Apparently, he and Punk will also meet to discuss what we can only assume is the possibility of his Octagon return.
Dana White said CM Punk will be at UFC 218 in Detroit and the two will chat. White said he’s not sure about a Punk return to the Octagon at this point.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) November 29, 2017
While nothing is official with respect to Punk’s return just yet, his coach Duke Roufus has recently suggested there is a fight on the horizon.
I am such a firm believer in #team Together Everyone Achieves More! Every year I strive to get better as a coach and build a great team culture. I am so proud of all of our team, staff and students. We Are Having Fun Getting It Done! I have the pleasure of being a part the team of current @ufc Welterweight Champion #tyronwoodley @twooodley former #ufc and #wec Champion #anthonypettis @showtimepettis Top Flyweight Contender #sergiopettis @sergiopettis #bellator Featherweight Contender #emanuelsanchez @matadorsanchez former #wwe Champion #cmpunk @cmpunk my longtime team member #erikkoch @kocheadufc rising KO Artist #paulfelder @felderpaul surging Welterweight #belalmuhammad @bullyb170 Bellator Middleweight #mikerhodes @teamrocbiggie and Middleweight Submission specialist #geraldmeerschaert @the_gm3 as members of our @roufusport team collectively they are 13-3, 9-2 in the UFC in 2-1 Bellator so far this year! The best has yet to come #roufusport #MartialArts is #Life thanks for the past & future memories. #onelove
Do you think we’ll see CM Punk in the Octagon again?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 29/11/2017.