If you’ve been anxiously waiting to hear when CM Punk will finally, make his Octagon debut, well, the former pro-wrestling star has reported the date.
Punk, or Phil Brooks, recently appeared on the UFC’s new “Unfiltered” podcast with Jim Norton and Matt Serra. During the interview, Brooks announced that he’ll make his debut at UFC 203, which will go down on September 10th in Cleveland, Ohio.
As you probably recall, Punk’s opponent has been known for sometime now, as he’ll take on Mickey Gall. The two were expected to fight this summer, but the bout was pushed back due to a back injury. It marked the second time Punk’s UFC debut has been delayed due to injury. After the 37 year-old signed with the UFC in December, 2014, it was announced he’d make his debut in 2015.
During the interview, Punk had this to say about his upcoming debut (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I think there’s probably something seriously wrong with me,” Punk said, reportedely with a laugh. “Everyone is trying to figure out why I would want to do this. I’m a guy who gets bored easily and I have goals and there’s things in life I enjoy. It’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey.”
Brooks, who has never fought in a pro-MMA bout, has been preparing for his debut at the renowned Roufusport gym in Milwaukee. Gall is 2-0 in pro fights.
So, that’s an intriguing addition to UFC 203, which will be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. The card will also see former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum take on Ben Rothwell.