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MMA News: CM Punk to meet with Dana White, possibly discuss UFC future

Simon Cotton
766   //    29 Nov 2017, 11:39 IST

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What’s the story?

CM Punk’s status with the UFC may become clear once he meets with Dana White this Saturday in Detroit, Michigan.

In case you didn’t know...

The Straight Edge Superstar built his name as a professional wrestler and worked in several notable independent promotions before signing with WWE.

Punk became a 5-time world champion and the longest reigning WWE Champion of the last 25 years before leaving the company in 2014 following medical issues. Punk would sign with the UFC in late 2014 and has been with the promotion since.

The heart of the matter

MMA journalist Adam Hill took to Twitter to report on a media lunch in Las Vegas today where White told people that Punk would be coming to Detroit this weekend for UFC 218 to discuss some things with him.

Despite signing with the company in 2014, Punk had his first UFC fight only two years later at UFC 203 where he lost to Mickey Gall via submission in the first round of the bout.

Punk has expressed interest in continuing his UFC career and has offered to fight somewhere else if White didn’t want to let him fight there. White was interviewed by the Fight Network back in September 2016 and said that Punk “probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC,” despite liking Punk as a person.

What’s next?

Punk has received countless offers to return to professional wrestling from promoters and other wrestlers, but the former WWE Superstar has not responded to any propositions.

Punk's MMA coach, Duke Roufus, said that Punk has been progressing in his MMA training in the hopes of fighting in the UFC again, and his meeting with White could finally provide clarity on the situation.

Author’s Take

Punk had an embarrassing showing in his debut MMA bout, but whether he will receive another chance to prove his mettle in the UFC seems like a smaller chance as time passes.

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Simon Cotton
Freelance Journalist and Photographer, Columbia College Chicago Graduate Student, Jackson State University Alumnus Occasional guest on the Social Suplex Podcast Network. Catch me on Anchor for some interesting thoughts.
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