Considering how many times the UFC has been to Chicago, it’s kinda crazy that the city has never hosted a pay-per-view event. But that’s the case, and after five FOX events the Windy City will finally get a PPV level card when UFC 225 comes to town on June 9th. The UFC made the announcement during UFC Belem, and already fans are wondering which Chi-Town fighters will compete on the card.
One local fighter that clearly wants in is pro wrestler turned unlikely UFC competitor Phil “CM Punk” Brooks. Punk was right on top of the UFC’s Chicago announcement, retweeting it with some emojis that either signifty his interest or point to the possibility that the UFC is already considering his participation.
Dana White recently confirmed the UFC would give Punk another shot in the UFC following his unimpressive first round loss to Mickey Gall back in September of 2016.
“I like him, he’s a good dude,” White said in January. “He wants one more. He wants to get another shot. I’m going to give it to him. He’s a completely different case than most normal human beings. So, I’m going to give him another shot.”
That ‘different case’ talk undoubtedly has to do with Punk’s massive drawing ability. The UFC 203 card he appeared on was the best selling PPV for the UFC that year not headlined by Ronda Rousey or Conor McGregor, making him one of the biggest stars in the promotion. In the new WME-IMG era where the bottom line has become so important, it’d be crazy for White to cast Punk aside (and allow someone like Bellator to pick him up).
But who will Punk fight? He was already easily dispatched by fellow raw recruit Mickey Gall. If the UFC wants someone he can beat, they’ll have to find someone outside of the organization. The big question: whether they’ll get another unknown or go full Japan freakshow and set up a celebrity match. Power Ranger Jason David Frank continues to campaign for a fight with Punk, as does boxer Paulie Malignaggi. UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis even went so far as to suggest Floyd Mayweather as a good next opponent for Punk.
Mayweather vs Cm Punk. I’m calling it now— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) February 1, 2018
We don’t know if any of those are good ideas, but CM Punk on the UFC Chicago card seems like a no brainer to us.