The UFC formally confirmed on Thursday that former WWE star Phil “CM Punk” Brooks will make his return to the octagon to face Mike Jackson at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago.
The fight, which will be a Welterweight bout at 170 kilos, will be the second skilled fight for each Punk and Jackson on the UFC simply eight weeks away.
In addition to having that in frequent, each Punk and Jackson skilled their first UFC loss to the identical man: Mickey Gall. Jackson misplaced to Gall at UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas, whereas Punk misplaced to Gall at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Both fights passed off in 2016.
Punk and Jackson head into the fight each Zero-1 in their skilled careers, with having only one novice fight exterior of the UFC in September 2009 (additionally a loss). It isn’t recognized at this time if Punk’s fight will be a part of the principle card or preliminary fight card because the itemizing for the occasion over on UFC.com has but to formally specify.
The fight announcement was anticipated after UFC President Dana White confirmed final week in Brooklyn that Jackson was scheduled to be Punk’s subsequent opponent. Back in early March, Punk tweeted that he could be combating once more on June 9. He additionally teased in February that a return to the UFC was probably given that it was happening in his hometown of Chicago.
Punk’s debut again on September 10 at UFC 203 two years in the past garnered numerous media consideration in the months main as much as his debut given his previous reputation in the WWE. While many inside the sport of blended martial arts have been important of permitting Punk to make his MMA debut on a big platform, the present drew an estimated 450,000 buys on Pay Per View. It was amongst one of many highest buyrates for the UFC that yr for a present not headlined by the broadly common and authorized PPV draw Conor McGregor.
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