CM Punk quit the WWE in 2014 and announced plans to fight in the UFC. While it’s only been two years it feels like a decade has passed.
This is probably due to the fact that so much has happened with Punk and none of it has involved him stepping into the Octagon. Minor injuries, video game ranking issues, jersey unveilings, avoiding former Power Rangers, a scrimmage and two years worth of training.
Punk will finally get his date in the ring. UFC announced that the former WWE champion will compete in a welterweight fight at UFC 203 in September against Mickey Gall. Gall is 2-0 and earned his shot against Punk with a 45-second submission win over Mike Jackson in February.
In the main event of UFC 203, which takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, hometown hero Stipe Miocic defends his UFC heavyweight title for the first time against Alistair Overeem. In the co-main event, Fabricio Werdum faces Ben Rothwell.
The announcement wasn’t met with as much media coverage as Brock Lesnar’s UFC return but I’m already penciling in the event as a must-watch.