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.
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.