Former WWE superstar CM Punk has confirmed to The UK Sun that he has signed an 8-fight UFC deal and is in fact training hard for his Octagon debut over the past year.
“I can’t honestly answer how many (fights) I’m gonna have,” Punk said to The Sun. “We’ll wait and see how the first one goes. But there’s gonna be eight, at least.”
Punk in fact is gearing up for his debut match and has been training with Duke Roufus at the Roufusport Gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the past six months and feels that he has improved “a thousand percent” from the time he first set foot in Duke’s gym.
Punk will be making his Octagon debut at UFC 199 in June 2016.
However, he still feels that UFC 200 is in fact his big calling card not only because of the huge money involved but also because of the competitive spirit.
“It’s really kinda weird,” Punk said. “Yeah, I’d rather be on (UFC) 200 because monetarily I’d be making more money, and that’s the big show. But I’m not doing this whole thing for money, so it almost kinda doesn’t matter to me. But since it’s only a month later it’s like ‘oh yeah, why don’t we push it?.’”
MMA News reports that Punk’s first UFC opponent will be either Mickey Gall or Michael Jackson, whoever wins the fight at UFC 196 to be held in February.
When Gall called him out at UFC President, Dana White’s show Lookin’ For A Fight, unlike others Punk didn’t allow it to affect him and attributed the lenient attitude to his previous background. However, without mincing words Punk said that Gall’s call out came at the “right place” and at the “right time”.
“I wouldn’t say it was calculated. It was right place, right time and he did what he had to do. He didn’t let that opportunity slip through his fingers,” Punk added.
Punk whose real name is Phil Brooks will be using his WWE ring name ‘CM Punk’ and insists that he won’t be “fabricating his persona” and instead will beat up his opponent and “choke him”.
“I’m gonna beat him up and choke him – and it’s just business. It’s going to be a rude awakening for whoever I fight, if that’s their attitude about it,” Punk said.