After suffering his defeat at UFC 203 by the hands of Mickey Gall, CM Punk is now at a career crossroads, where he will need to choose between continuing his stint in the Octagon or throwing in his MMA gloves. But it seems that Dana White has already answered Punk’s question for him.
During a post-fight interview with the UFC president, Fight Network’s John Pollock was able to get a few comments on Punk’s debut. It was not good.
Dana White tells me that if CM Punk has another fight, it probably shouldn't be in the UFC
— John Pollock (@iamjohnpollock) September 11, 2016
This is a total one-eighty from his pre-fight interviews with MMA media, defending Punk and insisting that he’s the real thing. He’s even commended the (one-time) UFC fighter’s training noting how hard he had been working in the lead up to his bout with Mickey Gall.
“He’s fighting a real guy (Gall),” shared White with Bloody Elbow. “He’s been training hard for a year and a half with Duke Roufus, one of the most respected guys in the business, and they all respect how hard this guy’s been working. So there’s no gimmick, this is like err, this is do or die. We throw these guys to the wolves, man.”
CM Punk says UFC 203 was ‘second-best night’ of his life
Punk on the other hand believes that he will be back, in some way. Though some are suggesting that Punk take it down a notch lower and go amateur, for now, but from what it sounds like, Punk had FUN.
“This was a hell of a mountain to try to climb and I didn’t get to the summit today, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to give up, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop,” Punk told Joe Rogan during his post-fight interview. “Mickey’s a hell of a fighter. I will be back, believe it or not, the second-best night of my life besides marrying my wife.”
“F*ck it — this was the time of my life! Thank you, Cleveland!”, closed the UFC fighter. See his post-fight interview, below.
— UFC (@ufc) September 11, 2016
At this point, it’s up to White if Punk will ever get to see the third-best night of his life.
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