Most folks likely figured CM Punk won’t be returning to the Octagon anytime soon, following UFC 203, and it sounds like Dana White doesn’t plan to bring him back.
The pro-wrestling star fought for the first very time, ever, on Saturday night, and was quickly taken out by Mickey Gall. The bout took place approximately two years after Punk signed with the UFC in 2014.
Since Punk had never fought, and had fairly limited training experience, the consensus was he was in way over his head against Gall. So, now that Punk lost, and lost quickly, what’s the plan? Well, while talking to the Fight Network, White said this about Punk (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC. Just like I said with Brock, having your first fight in the UFC is tough and you [saw] tonight, even if it’s against a guy who is 2-0. This is a tough place to learn.”
“I don’t know if it was an experiment. I became friends with him. He’s a nice guy. I like him. I have a lot of respect for him and he wanted to give it a shot. I gave him his shot.”
If the UFC doesn’t bring Punk back, it will be interesting to see what happens next. Will they look to keep him signed? And maybe work something out with an organization that’s carried on Fight Pass? So that Punk can’t go fight for say Bellator? Or will they just cut him outright?
The 37 year-old has already said he plans to keep fighting, so chances are there’s going to be more MMA bouts in Punk’s future.