CM Punk is officially a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) alum.
Punk returned to the world of professional wrestling as a debutant in All Elite Wrestling (AEW) (see highlights). It’s his first time signing with a pro-wrestling organization since his chaotic divorce from WWE in 2014. With his full-time AEW signing now comes the news that Punk, 42, has officially left MMA.
UFC officials confirmed Punk’s resignation from MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Punk fought twice in MMA, both times under the UFC banner. He lost his debut on September 10, 2016 by submitting the rear-naked choke in the first round to Mickey Gall at UFC 203. He then fought Mike Jackson on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225 and lost a unanimous decision. The Jackson fight was later turned into a no-contest after Jackson tested positive for marijuana.
Although he hadn’t fought since 2018, Punk (0-1, 1 NC) remained part of the UFC’s anti-doping program until 2020. It was tested six times by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2020.
Punk remains an MMA enthusiast and is expected to continue his commentary role on the east coast-based promotional Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) which airs on the UFC Fight Pass. Former three-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, two-time WWE Champion and one-time Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) champion, Darby Allin will wrestle at the AEW All Out Pay-per-View (PPV) marquee on the Now Aren. takes place in Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Sun. September 5th.
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