Chicago native CM Punk may finally have his first UFC opponent

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For over a year former WWE superstar and Chicago native CM Punk has talked about his next career as a UFC fighter. For a number of reasons, that first fight has yet to happen, but things are at least trending in the right direction.

UFC president Dana White announced a potential opponent for Punk, if everything goes as planned. On TSN’s “Off The Record” White said that if fighter Mickey Gall wins his next match, he will be Punk’s first opponent.

He’s holding a lottery ticket with really good odds. He’s got to get through this fight, and, yeah, it’s going to be a life-changer for the kid.

Gall, 23, will take on fighter Michael Jackson at UFC 196 in early February. With a win, Gall will have his match with Punk at an yet undetermined date.

Gall seemed to be the top contender for Punk, the young fighter has been asking for a fight against Punk. From Fox Sports:

I finish CM Punk. I’m not sure if I knock him out or I submit him, but I think it ends and I think it ends in the first round.

Punk left the WWE in 2014 and was originally expected to have his first fight in Chicago, sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. However, a shoulder injury has delayed his debut, which is now expected sometime this summer.

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