The UFC career of former WWE wrestler CM Punk looks to be over after just one fight.
Punk, real name Phil Brooks, suffered a first round defeat to Mickey Gall at UFC 203 last month after a near two-year wait for his MMA bow culminated in an anti-climax.
The 37-year-old was eager to return to the Octagon after the bout, and had resumed his training regime.
However, UFC President Dana White had indicated that Punk is unlikely to compete for the promotion again after such an underwhelming outing against Gall.
“Is CM Punk going to be a guy who is going to stay in the UFC and continue to fight? Probably not, but he wanted to try it” White told FS1.
“I like the guy. I respect the guy. He wanted to fight in the UFC. He wanted to do it. He trained for two years, and he did it.”
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Punk spent eight years in WWE, before leaving the organisation in 2014 to pursue a career in MMA.
But his debut was delayed because of a back injury and then, despite a $500,000 pay-day, he lasted less than three minutes against Gall after submitting to a chokehold.