C.M. Punk’s debut against Mickey Gall reportedly targeted for UFC 203 in Cleveland this September

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

CM Punk signed with the UFC in December of 2014 after announcing his exit from the WWE and the pro wrestling world. 18 months later, he’s yet to make his debut.

His debut opponent was determined when Mickey Gall – found by UFC President Dana White on his “Looking For a Fight” online program – won his UFC debut in February. Now, a date and location may finally be shaping up.

According to MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani, the UFC is targeting Punk’s debut for UFC 203 in Cleveland on Sept. 10. The fight would be his first ever in mixed martial arts following a year and a half of training at Roufusport in Milwaukee, a run which has been stalled a few times by injuries.

Penick’s Analysis: This seems tentative pending the next injury delay. Even those more open minded about Punk making his way into the Octagon at all have gotten pessimistic about it actually becoming a reality at this stage. It’s also hard to believe after all that time that he’ll wind up having all that much success, if any. Gall looked solid and talented in his debut earlier this year, and it’s going to be an extremely tough task for Punk to step into the cage and pull off a win. And that’s if he actually winds up getting there. Perhaps an official announcement will come soon enough, but even with a date locked in it may not be believed until he actually steps foot in the cage on Sept. 10.

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