It looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer for former WWE superstar CM Punk to make his UFC debut.
Punk – real name Phil Brooks – sensationally signed with the UFC in December 2014 but, with no professional fight experience under his belt, the 37-year-old has been hard at work training with Duke Roufus’ camp for the past year.
Even so, Punk has remained one of the most talked about fighters on the UFC’s roster, thanks to his former life as a former WWE champion and one of the top pro-wrestling stars of the last decade.
Now, it appears UFC president Dana White has finally found an opponent against whom Punk can make his official Octagon debut. However, if you’re expecting a marquee name, you may be slightly disappointed.
As reported by the Mirror, White appeared on Off The Record with Michael Lansberg to announce that the company is lining up a fighter named Mickey Gall to face Punk in his first mixed martial arts bout.
Speaking on the show, White said:
I’m bringing Mickey Gall in, and he’s going to fight a kid named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims, on February 6th on Fight Pass, and if he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. And CM Punk will be there at the fight to watch.
Mickey Gall, who himself has only had one professional fight (1-0), called out Punk after winning his own MMA debut against Ron Templeton at Dead Serious MMA 17 on November 21 via first round submission.
White was in the audience that night recording a segment for his new reality TV series Looking for a Fight, and it seems he liked what he saw.
The belief is that, if everything goes to plan, Punk vs Gall will take place at the massive UFC 200 show on July 9 in Las Vegas.
Although Punk continues to divide opinion among UFC fans, as to whether he deserves to be stepping in the Octagon and how he’ll actually fare when he does, we’ll definitely be tuning in to see what happens later this year!