CM Punk’s mixed martial debut in the UFC’s could scarcely have gone worse last night at UFC 203 in Cleveland, being tapped out by a rear-naked choke in just over two minutes, and backstage after the show Dana White indicated that he won’t be getting a second bite of the cherry.
“He probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC, you know?” White told Fight Network’s John Pollock after the event.
“Just like I said with Brock [Lesnar], having your first fight in the UFC is tough, and you see it tonight, even against a guy who’s 2-0. This is a tough place to learn.”
For his part, an emotional CM Punk had said at the post-fight press conference that he did intend to fight again, though he admitted he wasn’t sure if it would take place in the UFC’s Octagon or not.
“I don’t know what happens from here on out,” Punk said. “What if I get cut? I don’t know, you know what I mean? I think that’s a possibility.
“Do I want that to happen? No, but who’s to say where I go from here. I don’t know. I definitely want to keep going, you know?
“I’m the kind of guy – I just fell off a bike. I’m not going to shelve it and leave it in the middle of the street. I’ve got to get back on and ride.”
Punk also revealed that his first plan had been to fight at a much lower level outwith the UFC, but the opportunity to fight in the Octagon presented itself he felt he couldn’t pass it up.
Check out the full interviews with Dana White and CM Punk below.