Former WWE pro-wrestler Phil Brooks, aka ‘CM Punk’ is finally set to make his MMA debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10th, and it’s just been announced that a multi-part documentary about his transition to the sport will air on FOX Sports later this month.
The first part of ‘The Evolution Of Punk’, will premiere on FOX Sports 1 on August 15th and will run for a total of four weeks up until the moment of truth when he steps into the Octagon for his first ever professional fight.
The man behind the documentary is Rory Karpf, who has been working behind the camera on sporting features like this for many years, including doing work for ESPN’s highly rated ’30 For 30′ series.
CM Punk was a huge star in the world of pro-wrestling, but his decision to move on from his successful career there and pursue his dream of fighting in the Octagon raised a lot of eyebrows due to the fact that he doesn’t have a background in martial arts of any kind other than dabbling in Kenpo Karate as a child, and then taking an interest in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu while still attached to the WWE.
Given his lack of experience, Brooks was handed a similarly ‘green’ opponent in Gall, who was discovered on the ‘Dana White: Lookin’ For A Fight’ documentary series while making his professional debut last year.
Gall has since earned his first victory in the UFC with a submission win in just 45 seconds, so by the looks of things CM Punk might have his work cut out for him emerging with a win despite all the hype surrounding his debut, despite spent the past couple of years training full-time for this opportunity.