UFC President Dana White wasn’t sure if former WWE superstar CM Punk would make his way into the Octagon within the first year of his contract with Zuffa, he told TSN’s Michael Landsberg Thursday.
“I didn’t know,” White said. “It’s the first time this guy has ever trained to fight. The guy has never wrestled. He [wrestled professionally] but he’s never wrestled [competitively]. He will fight next year, 100 percent.”
The signing took the MMA world by storm back in December 2014. Much like Brock Lesnar of scenarios past, CM Punk — otherwise known by his birth name of Phil Brooks – was leaving the sports and entertainment company that took his star to the next level.
Only, to a lot of people, this was nothing like Lesnar’s situation. Brooks, who as mentioned by White, “never wrestled.” Outside of some Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappling here and there, many felt Brooks had no skills to contend with any of the UFC fighters at 185 pounds.
Luckily for CM Punk, he may not be fighting anybody currently signed to the UFC roster.
“I just started a new show,” White said. “The pilot is on YouTube. It’s called, ‘Dana White: Looking for a fight.’ I’m actually out looking for opponents for CM Punk right now.”
White’s new series sees him traveling the country, attending regional MMA events to find possible candidates to take up a spot on the UFC roster. It’s the same series that allowed White to stumble across “Super” Sage Northcutt, who was fighting under Legacy Fighting Championship at the time.