Although Dana White said that CM Punk likely won’t be returning to the Octagon anytime soon, it sounds like that may not be the case after all.
Punk, or Phil Brooks, made his pro-MMA debut at UFC 203 in September, and he was quickly taken out by Mickey Gall. Following the lopsided bout, White reported the pro-wrestling star “probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC.”
Well, Punk appeared on the latest “MMA Hour”, and the 38 year-old fighter said this about White and his next bout (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t want to speak for him, but I think if he wants to kill it, he would have killed it right then,” Punk said of his second fight being in the UFC. … “Until anything is official, I don’t want to say either way what he’s thinking or what he’s thinking. But yeah, I’m pretty confident that it’ll be in the UFC.”
“I told him I want to fight again,” Punk added. “We’re back at it. We’re back to the drawing board. So, it’s up to him. He floated me an idea and we’re kind of going back and forth on it right now.”
Interesting no? Could it be a run in TUF? Now, it should also be noted that a couple of weeks after Punk’s debut, it was reported that UFC 203 sold over 400,000 pay-per-view buys. Much of that was credited to Mr. Punk. Not too many cards these days sell over 500,000 PPV buys if Conor McGregor isn’t on it.
So, it shouldn’t be too, too surprising to hear that the UFC might be looking at booking Punk for another bout.