CM Punk’s debut in the UFC did not quite live up to the two years worth of hype it generated. Indeed, despite training with one of the most well-known gyms in MMA, Rufusport, Punk (whose real name is Phillip Brooks) was easily dispatched by UFC newcomer Mickey Gall, who choked Brooks out halfway through the first round.
— CM Punk (@CMPunkFight) November 7, 2016
UFC President Dana White – who had long stood by his decision to recruit the then-inexperienced Brooks into his promotion – apparently was equally unimpressed with Punk’s performance, saying the former pro-wrestler probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the octagon.
However, according to Brooks’ recent statement on The MMA Hour, the UFC president may be considering a CM Punk sequel in the UFC.
To me, yeah. But, that’s up to Dana. I had a good conversation with him. I told him, ‘If you want to cut me, I get it. But, I’m fighting whether it’s for you or somebody else.’ Now, I don’t got an agent or a manager. I’m like Bill Murray, just with a lot less money, less funny or as famous. But, I did tell him I want to fight again and we’re back at it, back to the drawing board. So, it’s up to him. He floated me an idea and we’re kind of going back-and-forth on it right now. I’m at the point where I want to get something on paper, so, you might be able to hear an announcement in the coming weeks. I really don’t know, there is no timetable, though. I don’t want to speak for him, but if he wanted to kill it, he would have killed it right then. But, you never know. And Dana is a friend of mine, so it’s always a weird thing because I grew up in wrestling taught not to trust promoters. So there is always that little thing. So until anything’s official, I don’t want to say what he’s thinking or saying. But, I am pretty confident that it will be in the UFC.
You can listen to Punk’s full statement below.