In September 2016, former WWE superstar CM Punk made his UFC debut against Mickey Gall. The fight’s outcome went like how many had expected it, with Punk losing, and losing badly.
But even after being forced into submission by Gall via rear-naked choke within the first half of the opening round, Punk was still given a second chance by the UFC. Additionally, he was given a main card slot at UFC 225, which takes place in front of his home crowd in Chicago.
The mere fact that the 39-year-old Punk was granted another fight in the UFC had already drawn many criticisms, the pay-per-view booking surely did not pacify some of his detractors. But if he were the man in charge, he says he would place himself way down the bottom of the preliminary card that airs free on UFC Fight Pass.
Holly Holm vs. Megan Anderson will be the featured bout on the UFC 225 prelims with CM Punk vs. Mike Jackson as the opening bout on the pay-per-view main card #UFC225
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) May 13, 2018
I understand too. If it was up to me, I’d be first fight on fight pass. Don’t matter to me. Fans like to be outraged by stuff that doesn’t matter. (Appreciate the support Mr. Coleman!!!!! You’re truly the man)
— Coach (@CMPunk) May 14, 2018
Punk is slated to face fellow 0-1 fighter Mike Jackson on the card, which is scheduled for June 9th. It will be headlined by the middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero and co-headlined by the interim welterweight title bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington.
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