CM Punk’s immediate future is no longer up in the air. The former WWE Champion was confirmed as the colour commentator for debuting MMA promotion CFCC (Cage Fury Fighting Championships) earlier today.
Punk will make his bow on the group’s debut show on December 14, which will air on UFC’s Fight Pass service. He will be joined at the announce desk by play-by-play commentator Mike Gill.
The promotion released the following statement on its official website:
“CM Punk’s knowledge and passion for MMA is incredible, and his charisma and personality make him a perfect fit for this role,” Rob Haydak, CFFC President, said. “By pairing him with Mike Gill, a true sports broadcasting veteran who has been around the fight game his whole career in Atlantic City, we have a great combination for our first show on UFC Fight Pass!”
“I can’t wait for this opportunity to call the CFFC fights on UFC Fight Pass,” CM Punk said. “CFFC has a long history of putting on exciting fights featuring some of the sport’s up-and-coming athletes. This card is going to be a lot of fun and I’m really excited to have the chance to be a part of it.”
“I’ve long been a fan of CM Punk and I’m looking forward to the chance to work with him on Dec. 14 at Borgata,” Gill, who hosts a drivetime show on 97.3 ESPN Radio in Atlantic City, said. “CFFC has a reputation for delivering action-packed cards with MMA’s most promising stars. This is a can’t-miss event.”
Punk has previous live commentary experience from his time on the Raw announce team in 2010. He showed great aptitude for the role and was widely praised for his performances.