Former WWE superstar CM Punk will officially make his debut inside the Octagon at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall on Sept. 10 in the welterweight division.
It will mark Punk’s first fight since signing with the UFC back in 2014, the fight took a long road to be made after Punk got into injury issues with the latest last Feb. when he was diagnosed with a with herniated disc in his back, and underwent surgery.
Now that he has been medically cleared by his doctors, Punk can officially start his training and preparations for his debut fight inside the Octagon.
— UFC (@ufc) June 23, 2016
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CM Punk will face Mickey Gall, who has two wins to his name and is a welterweight prospect by the UFC. The 24-year old fighter out of Green Brook, New Jersey is a jiu-jitsu student who made his UFC debut on Feb. 6 and won against Mike Jackson in an impressive 45-second submission via rare naked choke.
Punk himself announced his UFC debut over at UFC Unfiltered Wednesday night as reported by Sherdog.com wherein he stated that he and Gall were originally set for UFC 200, but got pushed due to his back injury but hopes that his UFC 203 debut will end all speculations about him as a fighter in the UFC.
“I’ve been laying low media-wise because I have nothing to say. You can’t talk a bunch of s–t until you’ve been in there, and I haven’t been,” Punk said.
“The instant I got cleared, I got on the horn and nailed everything down, and I’ll be debuting September 10 in Cleveland. I’m happy to have a date, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. You keep training and keep training until you hit a wall, and that was the point I was at. I found out I’ve been walking around with a herniated disk for probably years.”
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— Flyin' Brian J 🐝 (@FlyinBrianJ) June 23, 2016
Aside from wrestling, Punk also is a student of karate and kickboxing. He also trains at Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee, the home to former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and Asia-based ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren, among others.
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