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The UFC is currently discussing a welterweight bout between former WWE star CM Punk and Mike Jackson, targeted for June 9 when the promotion goes to Chicago for UFC 225, reports MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Discussions are still in preliminary stages with no final decision made yet, though Dana White made it clear before UFC 220 that he was hoping to see Punk back in the Octagon soon.

Punk, also known as Phil Brooks, is a native of Chicago and has not fought since being dismantled by Mickey Gall in his UFC debut September 2016.

Jackson is also 0-1 in the UFC with Gall as his only opponent and has been prodding Punk for the last year with the hope of landing a fight with the big-name draw.

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Despite his disastrous debut in the real-life fighting scene, it sounds like former WWE star CM Punk will get a chance at redemption in the UFC.

Ahead of Saturday’s PPV card in Boston, UFC president Dana White said he didn’t have a date in mind to get Punk back in the Octagon, but revealed he is hoping to give the 39-year-old another fight.

“I like that guy. He’s a good dude,” White told the Associated Press’ Dan Gelston. “He wants one more. He wants to get another shot. I’m going to give it to him.”

Punk, also known as Phil Brooks, jumped to the UFC in 2014, but did not get his first pro fight until September 2016. He lost to welterweight Mickey Gall by submission two minutes and 14 seconds into the first round.

“He’s a completely different case than most normal human beings, so I’m going to give him another shot,” White said.

Former WWF Intercontinental Champion and UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock joined Wrestledelphia Radio’s Mark Whited to talk about his new podcast, the state of the pro wrestling business, CM Punk’s venture into MMA, and the possibility of returning to WWE. They sent us these highlights:

CM Punk entering UFC:

“I thought [CM Punk] took more of a risk than myself, Brock [Lesnar], or anybody else. His background isn’t in wrestling, as far as amateur. His background isn’t in mixed martial arts. His background is just in pro wrestling. So for him to go from pro wrestling, which he was a superstar in, into the MMA world – where he didn’t have any kind of background with submissions or grappling – and going into [UFC], that was a big risk…

“…I thought he did a great job and applaud him for what he did.”

A possible surprise entry into the Royal Rumble and a WWE return:

“I doubt it. I’ve been saying this for years. I’m not understanding that with everybody that I’ve seen come back – Kurt Angle, The Rock – how isn’t Ken Shamrock there? If anybody makes sense in coming back and doing something with those guys coming back, there is no other better person than myself.”

 

As noted, actor and WWE alum Dave Bautista, also known as Batista, was a guest on The Ross Report with WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross. Among many other things, Batista talked about his favorite matches, being upset when fans booed Rey Mysterio at WWE Royal Rumble (2014), and his most recent run with WWE.

According to Batista, his favorite televised match was a Hell In A Cell versus Triple H, presumably at WWE Vengeance (2005).

“My favorite match is that Hell In A Cell I had with Hunter, actually. It was in a No Mercy pay-per-view, I believe. The reason why I love that match, and it wasn’t nearly as good as the one I had with Taker, definitely wasn’t as significant or as big, but the reason I love this match is because I think up until the very last second, and we beat the hell out of each other and that was in the good old days when you could do that and we were bleeding everywhere, we were going to war with each other and we started this match with people chanting, ‘boring! Boring!’ By the end of the match, we just had everybody just sucked in. This match they literally didn’t know what the outcome was going to be until the very last second, which is hard to get done. And I felt really accomplished coming out of that match.”

Moreover, Batista shared that his favorite match of all time was a house show match against Rey Mysterio in Mexico.

“My favorite match of my career was actually a house show match I had in Mexico with Rey. Yeah, yeah, I was [the big heel] and I begged and pleaded because we weren’t on the card. I was a short-termer in the company and we had torn it down. Working Rey as a heel in Mexico is a dream. It’s anybody’s dream come true. And I begged and pleaded with [Johnny] Ace to give me this match and I finally got it and we gave them a pay-per-view match, man. When we came back from the match, everybody was… I mean, people were applauding, the boys, they were applauding us. We turned a house show into a pay-per-view and we just gave everything. I mean, everything, all the bells and whistles.”

On his most recent run with WWE, Batista said he was heartbroken when Mysterio was booed at the Royal Rumble.

“That was one of my big issues when I went back [to WWE] last time. During the Royal Rumble, like, I had a real issue with people booing Rey Mysterio coming out, just because he wasn’t Daniel Bryan. And I get their love for Daniel Bryan, but at the same time, that’s not a reason to s–t all over Rey Mysterio because he’s not Daniel Bryan, man, that broke my heart. That broke my heart, man. If one guy doesn’t deserve that, it’s him.”

Batista suggested that the situation with Mysterio at the Royal Rumble was indicative of the disconnect he felt with the WWE Universe. ‘The Animal’ divulged that he did not have a meeting of the minds with the fans during his last run with WWE, as he did not understand why the fans chanted for ‘CM Punk’ after he walked out on them.

“But that’s what it was like the whole run. The fans, it just changed so much and I didn’t know where the fans were at. It was just a weird atmosphere and a lot of ‘CM Punk’ chants after he walked out, which I don’t understand and I love CM Punk, man. As a person, Phil Brooks, I love him. I love that guy. We’ve always gotten along. I’ve got a lot of respect for him, but I didn’t necessarily like the way he left the company and I thought, ‘the fans are cheering him like they’re martyring him, and he really just walked out on them.’ I didn’t love that.”

Similarly, Batista said he did not understand how the wrestleverse could think that Daniel Bryan was being held down.

“So a lot of that and ‘Daniel Bryan’ chants and it’s like every segment. And I thought, ‘man, these people, if they get 16 segments of Daniel Bryan, that’s going to get old real fast. Man, really? Just wait for the guy.’ And there [were] people saying, ‘Daniel Bryan’s being held down.’ Man, this kid’s living his dream! He’s featured on every show, he’s making millions of dollars, how in the hell is he being held down? I just couldn’t see eye-to-eye with what these people were thinking, man. It just didn’t seem to make any sense to me at all.”

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Cody Rhodes told FOX Sports that CM Punk’s infamous ‘Pipe Bomb Promo’ from the Summer of 2011 helped change the pro wrestling industry for good.

When asked about his recent success outside of the WWE bubble, Rhodes claimed it could be traced back to Punk’s words on the June 27, 2011 episode of Monday Night Raw and said promotions like Ring Of Honor have directly benefitted from the exposure ever since.

Back in 2011, Punk mentioned ROH, New Japan Pro Wrestling and even said hello to good friend Colt Cabana during his tirade. To Rhodes, that helped put ROH on the map to a whole new level of wrestling fans, ones who possibly didn’t even know the company existed beforehand.

As the current ROH World Champion, Cody has had sterling matches in other organisations like NJPW and WCPW (where he also reigned as WCPW Internet Champion) since leaving WWE. Now a free agent able to pick and choose his own dates, Rhodes believes Punk directly talking about ROH and the fact there are alternatives to WWE has opened up the wrestling world permanently.

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Source: ESPN

Raven spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

How heavily scripted today’s wrestling promos are:

“I think it’s bad for the business. Now they write promos for people. In the old days, you got bullet points. They said, ‘Here are the points you gotta hit, so do it in your character.’ If you didn’t know how to be a character or how to be a star, you didn’t get over. Now they write for everybody, which is good for the lower-tier guys who can’t write, who aren’t creative enough yet or don’t have enough psychology yet. But for guys who have potential star power, you’re really killing it, because [Steve] Austin would’ve never came alive if they would’ve been writing his character for him. If they told him to just stay with these promos. It’s a whole different world now.”

Helping CM Punk in his Ring of Honor days:

“I never realized I helped him that much. Maybe he was listening when I thought he was arguing with me. I thought he would’ve looked back with less than fondness on me because we butted heads quite a bit, but I’m glad he didn’t.”

Talking over fans’ heads:

“Bischoff pulled me aside one time and said, ‘I think you’re talking over the fans’ heads.’ I go, ‘I may be, but I don’t think it matters because it’s mystifying and elegant and eloquent.’ The fans listen to Kurt Cobain music and get the point, but they don’t understand what every word means. They understand the concept of what he’s talking about, and that’s the same thing with my promos. You understood the concept. If you were a misfit, you felt, ‘Here’s somebody who gets me.’ If you were a normal person, you’re like, ‘I hate misfits. Misfits are a pain in the ass. They whine. They complain.’ It was a unique perspective on the world.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.