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UFC may have CM Punk’s next opponent in mind

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With UFC headed to his beloved Chicago for a pay-per-view (PPV) soon, speculation is that CM Punk will finally get his second professional mixed martial arts fight.

Dana White is interested, and we know Punk is, too, so now all that’s needed is an opponent for June 9 at United Center. Finding someone to face a 39 year old with one lopsided loss on his record, that an athletic commission will clear and fans will pay to see, is a tricky business. But according to our sister site MMA Fighting, UFC might have one lined up.

And it might be someone who almost faced Punk in his first pro fight back in 2016. The name supposedly being considered is Mike Jackson, who lost his only pro fight to Mickey Gall in what was essentially a qualifier for the right to battle the Straight-Edge Superstar on PPV. In the wake of Punk’s loss to Gall, Jackson has been taunting him online, apparently hoping to build some backstory to make him an attractive promotional option for White and company.

We’ll see if it works. As of this writing, nothing is set in stone. But things keep sounding like we’re getting closer to writing about CM Punk’s second MMA fight at UFC 225.

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