UFC 225 offers CM Punk a route back to MMA glory… but will he survive?

Former WWE pro wrestler Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk, made his long anticipated MMA debut at UFC 203 way back in September 2016. It was a first round losing effort against Mickey Gall, who was only fighting for the third time in his MMA career.

While it looked like it was a potential ‘one-and-done’ MMA career for the 39-year-old, the Welterweight has now said he will returning to the Octagon for a second professional fight. Punk made the announcement on his Twitter account, although he did not confirm any further details.

“June Nine, after I win and lock eyes with my beautiful wife, embrace my coaches and shout out my entire team,” Punk tweeted.

June 9 is when UFC 225 is set to take place in Chicago, Punk’s hometown. While having a hometown favourite with tremendous mainstream exposure on a UFC main card makes sense, the UFC has not yet confirmed that Punk will indeed be fighting at UFC 225.

There is also currently no word as to who CM Punk’s potential opponent will be. However, it was reported in early February that a potential bout between Punk and Mike Jackson, who also previously lost to Mickey Gall, was being targeted for UFC 225.

Jackson has not fought since losing to Gall in February 2016, which was his only professional MMA fight to date. A rematch between Yoel Romero and champion Robert Whittaker for the UFC Middleweight title is set to be the headliner for UFC 225.

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