With the exception of celebrating a Cubs World Series win while taking shots at LeBron James, CM Punk has mostly flown under the radar since his disastrous MMA debut at UFC 203. His fight was derided by many as an insult to the sport of MMA and seen as a freak show publicity grab. UFC President Dana White said shortly after the fight that Punk’s second MMA bout was unlikely to happen in UFC, although he later walked those comments back when it was proven that Punk was absolutely a viable draw as a fighter. There is no shortage of MMA promotions that would love to get a taste of that CM Punk money, but it looks like the former WWE champ is planning on sticking with the company he’s under contract to. Weird!
On Monday, Punk was a guest on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour on MMA Fighting. He said that he has opened up conversations with White about his next fight. He has moved back to Milwaukee part time and is still training at Roufusport. He claims to still be in great shape and believes he could be ready to right again by January. He’s “confident” that fight will be in UFC, despite White’s earlier comments.
“I don’t want to speak for him, but I think if he wants to kill it, he would have killed it right then,” Punk said of his second fight being in the UFC. … “Until anything is official, I don’t want to say either way what he’s thinking or what he’s thinking. But yeah, I’m pretty confident that it’ll be in the UFC.
“I told him I want to fight again. We’re back at it. We’re 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.”
At this point, it seems pretty clear that Punk and UFC are going to do business again. There’s just so much money sitting on the table that both sides are eager to pick up. The only questions now are who the hell UFC is going to find to fight him, and when exactly that second fight is going to take place.