World Wrestling Entertainment’s superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is confirmed to fight Mickey Gall in one of the future promotions of UFC if the latter wins his upcoming bout on Feb. 6.
According to Bleacher Report, Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White announced the news during his appearance in TSN’s “Off the Record” program saying that Gall has to win over Michael Jackson during the preliminary match to face off with CM Punk.
“He’s holding a lottery ticket with really good odds. He’s got to get through this fight, and, yeah, it’s going to be a life-changer for this kid,” White said of Gall.
The report added that the 37-year-old WWE fighter has never fought in mixed martial arts before, but he is said to have a background in Kempo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He was signed by UFC after a fallout with the WWE in December 2014. He began training with Duke Roufus in Milwaukee along the likes of Ben Askren and Anthony Pettis.
Meanwhile, White has hinted that CM Punk may make his debut sometime during the middle part of the year instead of the original plan of late 2015.
On a question-and-answer panel with fans in Australia back in November, White shared, “Listen, he doesn’t have any fights yet, man. Let him take his time and work his way in. He’ll fight I’m going to say before summer, probably before summer.”
When it comes to what may have caused the delay, CM Punk has allegedly been sidelined for a bit due to a shoulder injury during training.
“He got caught in a scramble, so right now he’s taking a little time off. He was doing great before that. His progress has been good. He’s got a great attitude and he’s a hard worker. He got a place in Milwaukee where he lives all week when he’s here training, so he’s in it to win it,” his trainer Roufus revealed.