The next time CM Punk appears on our screens he will not be competing in an octagon, but instead on reality TV.
Punk (real name Phil Brooks) has not featured in the UFC since his debut at UFC 203 when he was dismantled in the first round at the hands of Mickey Gall, eventually succumbing to a rear-naked choke submission after a mere two minutes and 30 seconds. Before that bout, Punk had no previous experience in MMA, having not even competed in an amateur fight.
Brooks signed for the UFC at the end of 2014, after the former pro-wrestler parted company with WWE after a bitter dispute earlier that year. He secured a lucrative contract with the promotion, taking in an appearance wager of $500,000 alone in his maiden MMA outing, which was certainly added to significantly with PPV bonuses, etc.
Since his debut last September, it is believed that Dana White and Co. have been keeping an eye out for potential opponents for a return bout for the ex-WWE champion. 38-year-old Punk was vocal about his ambition to not give up on his UFC dream and to fight again in the promotion.
On that hopeful prospect of another battle within the MMA world’s biggest promotion, the company president, White remained coy. He had initially stated that perhaps it would be best for Brooks to take a lower profile fight elsewhere in a less competitive environment. Dana went on record after Punk’s one-sided debut scrap, saying:
“I don’t know if the fight was an experiment. I became friends with him, he’s a nice guy and I’ve a lot of respect for him. He wanted to give it a shot, I gave him a shot.”
As reported by FOX, Punk will now appear in MTV reality series “The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros” in the near future. The show is set around nine professional athletes going head-to-head with former winners of the reality shows “Road Rules” and “Real World” in athletic competitions. Due to hit our screens in May, the news of Punk’s role in the series was confirmed on the MTV official website on Monday.