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CM Punk announces his UFC debut will come against Mickey Gall at UFC 203

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The date for CM Punk’s highly anticipated debut has been set.

CM Punk announced Thursday morning on the new UFC Unfiltered podcast that he will be facing Mickey Gall at UFC 203 on Sept. 10 in Cleveland. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani had previously reported that debuting at UFC 203 was the plan for Punk.

Plan is still for Punk to debut at UFC 203 in Cleveland, per sources.

— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) June 22, 2016

Punk broke the news officially to Unfiltered hosts Matt Serra and comedian Jim Norton. The former WWE star signed with the UFC in December 2014 to much buzz and most expected him to have fought by now, but a series of injuries sidelined him.

Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, said he was just cleared by doctors this week after a back injury put him on the shelf in February. He has been training for more than a year now at Roufusport in Milwaukee.

The Chicago native left WWE in early 2014 after butting heads with company execs. He stunned the pro-wrestling and MMA worlds later that year by announcing his signing with the UFC. Punk had no previous combat sports experience and very little martial arts training outside of some Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Rener Gracie and kenpo karate when he was younger.

Serra and Norton asked him for his motivation on the podcast. Many critics thought he would never go through with stepping in the Octagon, but now the date has been set. Punk was a former WWE champion and one of the biggest stars in sports entertainment.

“I think there’s probably something seriously wrong with me,” Punk said with a laugh. “Everyone is trying to figure out why I would want to do this. I’m a guy who gets bored easily and ….View full article

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