Former WWE Champion CM Punk is currently training for his second professional mixed martial arts bout at the Roufusport MMA Academy in Milwaukee.
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Roufus posted the above photo just days ago on his Instagram account stating that he was back in #PunkCamp with his fighter “working hard and getting better everyday.” It remains to be seen if Punk will compete under the UFC banner for his second bout.
Punk’s last bout took place on the PPV portion of UFC 203, an event that would garner 650K buys mainly due to the hype behind his debut. Punk would suffer defeat to another UFC debutant in Mickey Gall, who would submit Punk in just over two minutes.
Whether or not a second fight for Punk would help draw even half of those buys back after his lackluster performance remains to be seen. With three stacked shows coming up to close out the year, Punk may not even be needed for PPV. The UFC could always put him on the Fight Pass prelim portion of an upcoming card to help boost their subscription rate, or even do FOX a solid by putting him on FS1.
The best-case scenario for Punk, if he wants to take this seriously, may be to wait until next summer for a spot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series — if he can hold out that long. Regardless, It’s highly unlikely that the UFC would let Punk go to a rival promotion due to his the strength of his drawing power with the recent loss of PPV queen Ronda Rousey and the uncertainty of Conor McGregor’s status.
As of now, there is no word on a timetable for Punk’s return to competition or who he’ll be facing when he decides to lace up his gloves again. With more questions than answers at this time, the one thing we can confirm is that Punk is not done with MMA.
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