From the moment that he announced that he was signed by UFC, people have wondered who the first opponent for CM Punk would be. Knowing that the choice could generate a ton of money for his promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White might have someone in mind. Mickey Gall is now the hot candidate. He has a 2-0 record as an amateur fighter.
January 8, 2016
A war of words erupted yesterday between CM Punk and a UFC fighter named Cathal Pendred, who might be using this to drum up attention for himself. Pendrid mocked Punk for being a former professional wrestler that is simply using his fame to get himself a spot in the biggest MMA promotion on the planet. Punk countered by pointing out that he has made a whole lot more money than Pendred has.
August 12, 2015
When asked about CM Punk, Bobby Lashley had some interesting things to say. First and foremost, Lashley is quite supportive of Punk in his quest to fight in UFC. However, Lashley stated that he wished Punk had done a match outside of the promotion first. The belief is that Punk opted to sign immediately with Dana White because an outside loss would reduce his value to the promotion tremendously. A contract might not have been offered.
May 13, 2015
There are now rumors floating around that Samoa Joe might end up choosing to not sign with WWE after all. The speculations have been fueled by the fact that he has repeatedly stated that CM Punk wants to work another match with him. Since Punk is highly unlikely to ever return to the promotion, the match would have to take place elsewhere. It is also very odd for Joe to keep bringing this up since Punk is so focused on a UFC career.
May 8, 2015
Many fans automatically assumed that the UFC debut match for CM Punk would take place when the promotion does a pay per view in his hometown of Chicago. It makes all the marketing sense in the world to do that because the audience would more than likely be hot for the former world heavyweight champion. However, during an interview, Punk stated that it was unlikely to happen because the pressure would simply be too much to handle.
April 26, 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
Expect the hate towards CM Punk to grow a little bit this week, as several UFC fighters were released from their contract with the promotion. The company traditionally goes through the roster and eliminates guys that they feel are not useful at the moment. A lot of fans and some of the fighters will be resentful towards Punk for being given one of the spots despite having a lot less experience. Dana White signed Punk because he can draw in fans.
March 5, 2015
When it comes to CM Punk, half of the guys in UFC are welcoming him with open arms while the other half are resenting him for being given a spot that should be handed to a more experienced fighter. Frank Mir is among the group that is welcoming him. The future hall of fame inductee stated that fighters should be glad that Punk is signed with the promotion because he is going to be bringing in new fans, which in turn brings in more revenue.
February 21, 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
From the very moment that the announcement was made, fans of professional wrestling and MMA both started wondering who would be the first opponent for CM Punk in UFC. Officials recently shed some light on the situation by stating that they are currently looking at guys outside of the promotion that they can bring in. They stated that it would definitely be a competitive fight. It was also revealed that Punk would be a headliner.
January 28, 2015