After an over-hyped and underwhelming MMA debut by CM Punk, UFC president Dana White has shed some light on the possibility of another match in the Octagon for the former WWE star.
Which may never even happen at all.
In a recent appearance on Fox Sports 1, White was asked about the future of Punk in the UFC, and he provided a seemingly ambiguous, yet straightforward response.
“Is CM Punk going to be a guy who is going to stay in the UFC and continue to fight? Probably not, but he wanted to try it” White shared with the network. “I like the guy. I respect the guy. He wanted to fight in the UFC. He wanted to do it. He trained for two years, and he did it.”
Many would remember (or have already forgotten) that Punk made his debut at UFC 203 against Mickey Gall last September, and ultimately lost the much-anticipated bout. A lot of publicity was done to promote the fight, but in the end, Punk ended up delivering a lackluster performance, tapping out in the early half of the first round.
Though there are some who recognized the effort and gave credit where credit was due. But all, in all it did seem like Punk should have just stuck with wrestling.
Alberto Del Rio invites CM Punk to Combate Americas
Which is exactly what fellow former WWE star Alberto Del Rio thinks, who gave an open invitation to CM Punk to join him and fight in Combate Americas.
“He had the cojones to transition from pro wrestling to MMA I know a lot of people say he didn’t do well, but he did well and it was his first fight and first experience, especially in the biggest MMA organization in the world. It wasn’t an easy fight for CM Punk,” said Del Rio during an interview with The Rome Show. “I would love to have him fight for this organization or any fighter with talent. They are welcomed to come and fight. They have my number and I’ll give them a job.”
Although Punk still thinks that there may be some gas left in him, sharing that he “definitely want(s) to keep going,” after his fight with Gall.
Will CM Punk go on with the UFC or will he ride off into the (Mexican) sunset? Stay tuned for updates.
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