Ultimate Fighting championship (UFC) recently announced its plans to return to Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 2018 for UFC 225, and the promotion could be bringing one of “Chi Town’s’ favorite sons with it.
According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, UFC is looking to bring CM Punk back for another go-around to face off against Mike Jackson, though talks are in the infancy stages according to the report.
Punk -- real name Phil Brooks — made his long-awaited mixed martial arts (MMA) debut at UFC 203 back in 2016 against Mickey Gall. But the fight was over as quickly as it began after Gall took down the former WWE Superstar in the opening moments of the contest, and then proceeded to submit him two minutes in.
After the bout, Punk revealed he wasn’t quite done with fighting and vowed to return to the eight-sided cage. Fast forward a year and a half later and UFC president Dana white revealed he planned on giving C.M. another shot inside the Octagon.
And if everything works out as planned, we could be seeing the return of the wrestler-turned professional face-puncher in the coming months. As for Jackson, he, too, only has one fight inside the Octagon, losing to the aforementioned Gall in the very first round via submission.
Despite Punk’s early exit from his debut, he managed to bank $500,000 for his services, and the event went on to do fairly well at the box office thanks to his presence. Of course, the Heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem played a part in it, too.
That said, it’s not a surprise to see UFC give him another shot despite his inexperience. And matching him up against Jackson -- who doesn’t boast a bevy of experience, either — seems like a good move.
Or we could just see another repeat of this.