CM Punk’s UFC Debut Now Expected For UFC 199

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Former WWE Superstar Phil “CM Punk” Brooks will probably be making his debut at UFC 199, according to UFC President Dana White. On Friday White appeared on Toucher & Rich to promote Fight Night 81 and revealed Punk’s first fight could take place earlier than expected.

“The CM Punk fight is probably going to be in June,” White said. “UFC 199 is what I’m thinking.”

He also acknowledged this will be an uphill battle for Punk and he doesn’t have the amateur wrestling background that Brock Lesnar brought to the table.

“The guy has never fought, he just started training and, you know, this is a tough business to get into,” White said. “When Brock Lesnar came into the UFC, he had a serious wrestling pedigree. And not just WWE wrestling. Legit collegiate wrestling. CM Punk doesn’t have any of that, so it’s going to be tough for him.”

Punk’s opponent for his Octagon debut will be Mickey Gall, if Gall can get through Michael Jackson at UFC 196.