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
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
CM Punk has some believers and supporters within UFC. Jon Jones is not one of them. The light heavyweight champion went on record as saying that he hopes Dana White gives Punk a real opponent, so we can all watch the Chicago native get knocked out. Jones feels that Punk should not have been handed an opportunity that so many fighters have been waiting for their entire lives. Jones feels that Punk is unfairly cutting in line.
December 29, 2014
When CM Punk announced that he had signed a contract with UFC, many naturally wondered who his first opponent would be. We might have ourselves an answer now. Cathal Pendrid posted a message on social media to let fans know that he will be fighting Punk next summer. The bout will be the co main event of the card that will feature Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor as the headliner. Pendrid is a lesser known fighter, but he does have a record of 15 wins, 2 losses and a draw.
December 10, 2014