Well, at least he tried.
Former WWE champion CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) made his long awaited MMA debut on Saturday night at UFC 203. You’ve probably heard by now, but it didn’t go well. Punk was taken down almost right away by opponent Mickey Gall and spent the next two minutes struggling to survive. He was eventually submitted by rear naked choke, presumably ending his UFC experiment.
After the fight, Punk said that he hoped to get one more chance, although acknowledged that he could very well be released by the UFC after such a poor showing. UFC President Dana White basically admitted that was probably going to be the case, although he didn’t outright confirm that Punk was done in the UFC.
“He probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC,” White told the Fight Network’s John Pollock. “Just like I said with Brock, having your first fight in the UFC is tough even if it’s against a guy who’s 2-0. This is a tough place to learn.”
At 37-years old, Punk’s window to be relevant in MMA is all but closed up. Despite the lopsided loss, the combat sports world (including pro wrestling) seemed united in the fact that Punk had taken a very large leap and he should have no shame in coming up short. Having the guts to step into the cage in the first place is pretty commendable.