While speaking with the Associated Press in January, Dana White confirmed that he was going to give CM Punk another chance to compete in the UFC Octagon.
White didn’t reveal a date for when Punk would fight again, nor did he mention a potential opponent for him then. And while both of those variables still remain unconfirmed, it seems that the UFC is getting closer to making things official.
Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported today that the UFC is discussing Punk vs. Mike Jackson for their pay-per-view at the United Center in Chicago on June 9th. Chicago is, of course, Punk’s hometown, and he tweeted out a pair of emojis when the show was announced last weekend.
Helwani wrote that discussions are in the early stages and no final decision has been made yet.
Jackson’s only pro fight was in February 2016 against Mickey Gall, with Gall winning in 45 seconds and cementing himself as the person Punk would make his debut against.
Duke Roufus, who coaches Punk at Roufusport, claimed last month that Punk has “improved dramatically” since being submitted by Gall in the first round of their fight in September 2016.
UFC 225 will be the company’s first-ever PPV in Chicago.