Count Randy Orton as one of the people in WWE that are rooting for CM Punk to do well in UFC. He has said to those around him that if Punk does well in MMA, then it gives professional wrestlers some credibility as athletes. Orton feels that people underestimate their abilities because the outcome of matches are scripted and predetermined. Several other wrestlers share the same opinion and will be watching his debut match intently.
April 6, 2015
An interesting idea is being tossed around right now, and if implemented, it could shatter pay per view records for UFC. CM Punk is already in the promotion and training for his first fight. Brock Lesnar is finishing off his contract with WWE in a couple of weeks and has eyes on a return to mixed martial arts. If the promotion were to put the debut fight for Punk and the return fight for Lesnar on the same card, that would draw tremendous interest.
March 16, 2015
In a sign that he is another step closer to making his UFC debut, CM Punk was thrown into a sparring match on Monday. He fought against Craig Eckelberg, who has an overall record of 10 wins and 1 loss in a span of three years. The trainer stated that Punk had a few things to work out, but he also said that he was very proud of the former WWE star for how far along he has progressed. He stated that the potential is definitely there.
March 3, 2015
Despite there being a feeling that he might eventually make a return to the industry some day, CM Punk appears to have put professional wrestling in his rear view mirror. During a recent interview, he was asked if he still thinks about a potential return. The former WWE champion sternly stated that he does not even think about making a comeback at all. His primary focus nowadays is mixed martial arts and his UFC debut.
February 15, 2015
When CM Punk announced that he had signed a contract with UFC, neither side was able to provide a specific date for his debut match. Rumors are now heating up that it could be on July 25, when the promotion does a card in Chicago, which happens to be the hometown of Punk. There, he would more than likely receive a warm ovation from the live audience. Plus, since it will be aired for free on Fox, that should draw in a ton of wrestling fans.
February 13, 2015
Before dedicating himself completely to MMA training, CM Punk decided to take a little trip with his wife, AJ Lee, down to Puerto Rico to visit her family. The couple was spotted by a fan, and the two of them actually took the time to take some pictures, which was then posted to a social media website. The belief is that Punk will start traveling up to Milwaukee soon to train with Roufusports. His UFC debut is still expected to take place in 2015.
January 2, 2015