As if preparing for an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bout wasn’t hard enough, having to be in court days before it only makes it tougher.
That’s the situation CM Punk found himself in this week as he was was cleared of defamation and invasion of privacy charges by a Cook County jury earlier today (Tues., June 5, 2018) stemming from a lawsuit levied against him by a former WWE doctor.
According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dr. Chris Amann was seeking over $1 million after he claimed Punk defamed him during an interview on a podcast with host and friend Colt Cabana.
CM Punk has just won his civil lawsuit against WWE Dr. Chris Amann. He was in court all morning here in Chicago. Hugging his wife and crying in the courthouse. All this, four days before UFC 225.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) June 5, 2018
According to the Chicago Tribune, Amann wasn’t too thrilled after hearing Punk accused him of failing to give him and adequate diagnosis and medical care for a lump on his back which was believed to be staph infection.
In the end, after hearing the podcast in court — which apparently had a lot of juicy details regarding Punk’s WWE departure — the jury ruled in favor of Punk and Cobana after Amann’s attorney revealed he was seeking nearly $4 million in compensatory damages.
Punk — real name Phil Brooks — will look to make it two wins this week when he steps into the Octagon for the second time to face Mike Jackson at UFC 225, which is set to go down inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
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