UFC Rumour Mill: CM Punk continues to train. MMA return on the cards?
What's the story?
Former WWE Superstar, CM Punk, has revealed to sources that he is still training in mixed martial arts. After two losses on the trot against Mickey Gall in 2016 and Mike Jackson in June 2018, at UFC 225, Punk decided to drop the gloves momentarily and take up his new role as a color commentator.
In case you didn't know..
At UFC 181, Punk went on to sign a multi-fight contract with the UFC. In early 2015, Punk started training in mixed martial arts at the Roufusport MMA Academy. His first professional fight in the sport of mixed martial arts took place on September 10th, 2016, at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall. The fight came to a finish in the very first round after Mickey Gall submitted Punk via rear naked choke.
Punk's second MMA bout took place on June 10th, 2018, at UFC 225, against Mike Jackson, where he lost via unanimous decision. During the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that Punk would no longer fight for the UFC, however, as of November 2018, he is still under contract with the UFC. On November 8th, 2018, Punk signed a contract with the Cage Fury Fighting Championships(CFFC) for the role of a live commentator for his event at CFFC 71 on December 14th.
The heart of the matter
Following his fight with Mike Jackson, Punk expressed his opinions on his role as a live color commentator for CFFC. With an amateur experience with mixed martial arts, this is what he hopes to bring to the table for viewers across the globe:
“Somebody at home is probably thinking, ‘Hmm, that’s barbaric, I can’t relate to that, I’ve never been punched in the face. “I kind of want to humanize everybody, get to the bottom of their story, who they are and why they do what they do.”
Although CM Punk's future with the UFC might be a bleak one, the Pro Wrestling Superstar is keen on keeping an open mind for possible fights in the future.
“I did things backward. I jumped in the deep end. But everybody’s path is different. I do think there needs to be a feeder system where people can get their feet wet. I was presented with an opportunity that, if I was talking to you today and didn’t do, I’d regret. I absolutely do not regret my decision one bit.”
CM Punk continues to train regularly at the Roufusport MMA Academy, keeping his guard up for a possible fight in the future. “Y’all can’t get rid of me," he said when asked about the chances of another bout.
Will we see CM Punk fight inside the Octagon again, hopefully, this time with an opponent of a similar caliber?
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