CM Punk, for the most part, has been very quiet when discussing his UFC career following his debut loss at UFC 203.
The announcement of the organization heading to his home city of Chicago for UFC 225 got the former WWE superstar excited back in February. On Monday, Punk took it to another level when responding to a fan on Twitter. He didn’t talk about wanting to be on the June 9 card, he said he was fighting on it.
When asked by a fan, “When are we going to see you cry in the Octagon again?”, Punk responded.
After signing with the UFC back in 2014, Punk made his long-awaited organizational debut in September 2016 at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio. He took on Mickey Gall and the fight went the way most expected it to, as he was taken down immediately before being submitted via rear naked choke in the first round. UFC president Dana White seemed very tentative in giving Punk another shot in the Octagon, but Punk’s tenacity seems to have changed White’s mind.
Reports have circulated that the UFC was targeting a fight between Punk and Mike Jackson for the event, although nothing has been officially announced. Jackson made his UFC debut, also against Gall, in February 2016 and was, too, submitted in the first round via rear naked choke. “The Truth” has been campaigning for a fight with the former, multi-time WWE champion and with the UFC heading to the Windy City in a few months, the stars may be aligning for the fight to happen.
UFC 225 will take place at Chicago’s United Center, which will be the first UFC pay-per-view to take place in the city. Although not confirmed, the targeted main event seems to be heading in the direction of Robert Whittaker defending the middleweight title against Yoel Romero.