Unlike Brock Lesnar, CM Punk debut inside the Octagon has been pushed anew and rumors are swirling that it will take place at UFC 203, ending speculation that his debut will take place within SummerSlam week in August.
MMA Fighting.com’s Ariel Helwani noted that Punk was reportedly scheduled for UFC 202 which will eventually take place the night before SummerSlam. However, he added that there has been no deal as of the moment sources are suggesting that Punk will likely face Mickey Gall at UFC 203 which will be held in Cleveland on Sept. 10.
Current plan at the moment is CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall at UFC 203, per sources. Far from a done deal but that's the direction as of this AM.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 21, 2016
Punk wanted to be billed at UFC 202 which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be top billed by the highly anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in the 170-pound weight class category. But with negotiations running flat; it is most likely that UFC 203 will be the best venue for his debut.
UFC 203, which will be on pay-per-view (PPV), will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. It will feature Stipe Miocic against Alistair Overeem in the main event for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Punk, 37, signed a deal with the UFC back in 2014 but did not immediately saw action as he was warned by his doctors due to injuries he took during his wrestling days. Early this year, Punk was diagnosed with a herniated disc in his back and underwent a surgery. He is now on the recovery road and is waiting for a medical clearance to start training for his UFC debut.
Critics have described Punk as a “half-baked” MMA fighter, but he has promised that once he is cleared medically, he will be in a great shape when he faces Mickey Gall and assured fight fans that he will score an upset to silence all doubters. Punk has always wanted to fight inside the Octagon but admitted that he is being prevented by the doctors. He is hoping that he could be cleared to see action so that he could also display his skills and send a message that he belongs in the UFC locker room.
— WhatCultureWrestling (@WhatCultureWWE) June 22, 2016
Many have doubted Punk and considers him a rookie in the MMA world, but nobody knows that he has been training extensively in karate and kickboxing. He might be seen as an odd favorite but Punk is dead serious when he said that he will beat his opponent and move on from there and he wants to start with Gall.
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