CM Punk News
WWE star CM Punk reflects on failed UFC career: "I would be kicking myself to this day if I said no"
Josh Evanoff - February 19, 2024
Court documents reveal UFC CEO Dana White’s reaction to CM Punk salary backlash
Chris Taylor - January 6, 2024
Unsealed UFC lawsuit documents reveal CM Punk’s payday for Octagon debut
Harry Kettle - November 3, 2023
Josh Barnett offers his services to AEW following CM Punk firing: “If Tony needs someone to keep discipline and sort out conflict”
Susan Cox - September 5, 2023
Roman Reigns slams CM Punk for getting 'whooped' in the UFC: "I don't think anybody really believes someone 200lbs soaking wet..."
Christopher Taylor - October 15, 2021
Current WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns could not resist the opportunity to take a dig at CM Punk over his failed run with the UFC. The former WWE champion and recent AEW addition, Punk (0-1 with 1 no-contest UFC), made two Octagon appearances between September of 2016 and June of 2018. The Chicago native suffered a submission loss to Mickey Gall in his first effort and wound up being outpointed by Mike Jackson his second time out.
CM Punk officially informs UFC of retirement from MMA as he returns to pro wrestling
Cole Shelton - August 31, 2021
CM Punk won’t be competing in MMA anymore. Punk, the former WWE star, turned to MMA in 2016 and made his UFC debut at UFC 203 in Cleveland. It was a massive debut due to his star status in wrestling but he got submitted in the first round to Mickey Gall.
CM Punk's UFC 225 loss to Mike Jackson overturned due to positive marijuana test
Cole Shelton - July 7, 2021
CM Punk is no longer 0-2 as an MMA fighter, instead, he’s 0-1 and one No Contest. Punk, a WWE star, crossed over into MMA and made his pro debut at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall where he suffered a first-round submission loss. He didn’t fight again until June 9, 2018, at UFC 225 where he fought Mike Jackson. Unfortunately for Punk, the fight did not go his way and he dropped a clear-cut decision to fall to 0-2 and White made it clear that would be the end of Punk in the UFC.
Nick Diaz, CM Punk both recently tested by USADA
Tom Taylor - February 21, 2020
Nick Diaz and CM Punk are both still undergoing drug tests from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the official anti-doping partner of the UFC. The same goes for suspended former bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw, ostensibly retired former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson, and several other fighters we haven’t seen compete in awhile.
CM Punk vs. Logan Paul opening betting odds released
Adam Martin - November 12, 2019
The opening betting odds have been released for a potential MMA fight between former WWE superstar CM Punk and YouTuber Logan Paul. The online sportsbook Bovada released the opening odds for CM Punk vs. Paul. Check them out below, courtesy of BestFightOdds.com.
CM Punk in MMA should be next for Logan Paul, says KSI
Adam D Martin - November 10, 2019
After winning their rematch on Saturday night in Los Angeles, YouTuber KSI says that Logan Paul should fight CM Punk next in MMA. After fighting to a majority draw in an amateur boxing match last summer, the pair were booked for a professional boxing match rematch. KSI won the rematch this weekend on DAZN by split decision, with the judges scoring it 56-55, 55-56 and 57-54 in favor of KSI. Paul was deducted two points by the referee for an illegal shot during the contest, and would have won the decision had those points not been deducted.
CM Punk leaving door open for UFC return, still in USADA testing pool
Adam Martin - October 21, 2019
Former WWE superstar and UFC welterweight CM Punk is still being tested by USADA, leaving the door open for a potential return to the Octagon. TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter looked into USADA’s database and noticed that CM Punk, along with Mike Jackson, Travis Browne, and Chris Holdsworth have all recently been drug tested.
CM Punk still training, open to another fight
Tom Taylor - July 25, 2019
Former WWE star CM Punk has now fought twice in the UFC’s Octagon, first losing by submission to Mickey Gall, then losing a lopsided decision to Mike Jackson. Despite these tough losses, however, the gritty pro veteran is still open to getting back on the horse and competing in the Octagon again. Punk, who still trains alongside UFC stars at Roufusport every day, discussed his future in the sport in a recent interview with ESPN.
Colby Covington trashes "emasculated cuck" CM Punk during UFC Milwaukee broadcast
Chris Taylor - December 15, 2018
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington took some time out of his evening to throw some shade at fellow 170-pound fighter CM Punk. After MMAJunkie shared a photo of the former pro-wrestling world champion turned MMA fighter being in attendance at tonight’s UFC on FOX 31 event in Milwaukee, ‘Chaos’ took to Twitter with the following statement directed at CM Punk.
CM Punk addresses potential fight with YouTube star Logan Paul
Tom Taylor - November 27, 2018
After losing his first two mixed martial arts bouts — first a submission defeat to Mickey Gall, then a submission setback against Mike Jackson — former pro wrestling star CM Punk now finds himself in a tough situation. Although he undeniably possesses the heart required to compete as a professional fighter, he is simply at a technical deficit when compared to most of his potential opponents. Except, say, somebody like Logan Paul. Logan Paul, a famous YouTuber, recently competed in a celebrity boxing match opposite fellow YouTube star KSI. After this bout, Paul discussed a potential move to the UFC, and given his inexperience, was mentioned as a potential opponent for CM Punk. Even UFC color commentator Joe Rogan discussed the possibility.
CM Punk updates on status with the UFC
Tom Taylor - November 22, 2018
Former pro wrestler CM Punk has now fought twice in the UFC’s Octagon, but neither fight has worked out the way he planned. While he showed immeasurable heart in both contests, it was clear that his ability was not quite up to snuff, as he was first stopped by Mickey Gall, and then thumped to a decision by Mike Jackson. All the same, CM Punk says he is still under contract with the UFC, and that he is still undergoing testing through the promotion’s anti-doping partner the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
CM Punk joins Cage Fury Fighting Championship as a commentator
Cole Shelton - November 8, 2018
To put it bluntly, Phil “CM Punk” Brooks’ MMA career did not go well. The former WWE star is now hoping commentary will be a better fit. Punk made his MMA debut at UFC 203 where he lost via first-round submission to Mickey Gall. Punk would then take almost two years off before returning only to lose a unanimous decision to Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in June.
Tyron Woodley warns Joe Rogan to layoff CM Punk: "You got smoke with him, you got smoke with me"
Chris Taylor - October 27, 2018
CM Punk suggests he could potentially fight outside of the UFC
Tom Taylor - September 11, 2018
Former pro wrestler CM Punk is now 0-2 as a mixed martial artist. Both of those losses occurred in the UFC’s Octagon, where he was first submitted in the first round by Mickey Gall, then walloped to a decision by Mike Jackson. Since his loss to Jackson, which occurred at UFC 225 in June, Punk’s future has been nebulous. More recently, however, CM Punk has suggested that he still plans to continue training in MMA at the very least. And speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show this week, he suggested that he would consider fighting outside the UFC if the UFC is no longer interested in promoting his fights.
CM Punk discusses his future in MMA
Tom Taylor - September 10, 2018
Former WWE superstar CM Punk is now 0-2 in MMA, having first been submitted by Mickey Gall in his debut, and more recently being dominated to a decision by Mike Jackson. Since his second MMA loss, CM Punk says he’s been busy with work in the film and television industry — work he was putting off when he was training for his fight with Jackson.
Under the MMA Microscope | Is equality in the UFC a myth?
Drake Riggs - June 22, 2018
There are a handful of things that can be considered wrong with the UFC. Especially since the organization was purchased by WME-IMG. Something that doesn’t seem to get talked about enough is that the UFC could be casting a mythical shadow of equality over the fans and more importantly, the fighters themselves.
Sage Northcutt gives his take on CM Punk's UFC 225 fight
Tom Taylor - June 20, 2018
CM Punk’s second MMA fight, which pitted him against Mike Jackson at UFC 225, didn’t go a whole lot better than his first. Though the former pro wrestler managed to survived until the final bell, he was soundly beaten for the bout’s duration — on the feet and on the mat — erasing any lingering hope that he might have what it takes to cut it in the perilous world of cage fighting. Yet just as he did in his first fight, a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall, Punk showed that he’s got a toaster-sized heart thumping away inside his tattoo-covered chest. Though he is clearly short on the ability required to thrive as a mixed martial artist, he is long on guts, and that fact impressed many of the UFC’s top fighters.
Chael Sonnen explains why he "appreciated" Mike Jackson vs. CM Punk fight
Tom Taylor - June 15, 2018
Bellator star Chael Sonnen watched Mike Jackson and CM Punk’s fight at UFC 225, and where many onlookers saw a clumsy tilt between two unskilled hopefuls, he claims to have seen something different. He gave his take on the fight on a recent episode of his Beyond The Fight podcast.
CM Punk's grappling coach has a suggestion for his future in combat sports
Tom Taylor - June 15, 2018
CM Punk’s sophomore UFC effort, a decision loss to Mike Jackson, didn’t go a whole lot better than his first, a first-round submission loss to Mickey Gall. Despite his unfortunate 0-2 record, however, nobody is questioning Punk’s heart. Over the course of his two MMA bouts, the 39-year-old former pro wrestler showed that, while he may be short on actual ability, he’s long on guts and toughness. That seems to be one of the main takeaways for Punk’s jiu jitsu coach, Daniel Wanderley.