Back in skilled wrestling, CM Punk is placing his MMA profession behind him – at the least for now.
On Tuesday, the UFC eliminated Punk (0-1) from its “active” on-line roster listing and dubbed him a “former fighter.” Shortly thereafter, MMA Junkie confirmed by way of an individual with information of the change that Punk opted out of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool initially of 2021. It is unclear whether or not or not the UFC nonetheless retains his rights ought to he determine an MMA comeback is in retailer.
Punk, 42, walked away from professional wrestling in 2014 as some of the standard performers within the enterprise. On Aug. 20, he returned for the primary time in seven years and obtained a thunderous ovation from the AEW crowd in his hometown of Chicago.
In December 2014, Punk signed with the UFC. After almost two years of coaching underneath Duke Roufus at Roufusport, Punk made his MMA debut at UFC 203 in September 2016. He misplaced to Mickey Gall by first-round submission.
In June 2019, Punk returned to the cage and confronted Mike “The Truth” Jackson at UFC 225. He misplaced a unanimous determination. However, the consequence was later overturned to a no contest after Jackson examined constructive for marijuana.
While Punk by no means formally introduced his retirement from MMA, neither he nor UFC president Dana White indicated a 3rd battle could be within the playing cards. Punk remained within the USADA testing pool by means of the tip of 2020.
Punk has served as a shade commentator for Cage Fury Fighting Championship, which streams its occasions on UFC Fight Pass, since late 2018 – a gig he plans to proceed whilst an AEW wrestler.