Phil Brooks, better known as CM Punk in WWE circles, looks set to fight at UFC 200 in Las Vegas in July.
The announcement is long overdue considering Brooks made the decision to step into the Octagon over a year ago. Despite featuring in the electronic game EA UFC 2, many believed that Brooks would never part-take in a fight. However, UFC president, Dana White, confirmed the news on Wednesday.
“I’m bringing Mickey Gall in, and he’s going to fight a kid named Michael Jackson,” White said.
“They’re going to fight on the prelims, on February 6th on Fight Pass, and if he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. And CM Punk will be there at the fight to watch,” White continued.
Gall, who has been training with UFC veterans Jim and Dan Miller, competed in his first professional MMA fight in the main event of the Dead Serious 17 in Philadelphia and believes that Brooks will not present him with any issues.
“I finish CM Punk. I’m not sure if I knock him out or I submit him, but I think it ends and I think it ends in the first round,” Gall boasted.
CM Punk was the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era, having held the title for 434 days. He will need to work incredibly hard to replicate his WWE success in the UFC.