Punk signed with the UFC in December of 2014, with various injuries sidelining him since that time. His progress has attracted many haters and supporters, who argue his lack of experience and previous fame hurts or helps the credibility of the sport.
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Punk trains primarily with Duke Roufus and the Roufusport team in Milwaukee. He will meet Gall, who earned the opportunity to welcome Punk into the octagon with a quick 45-second submission of Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82.
In the main event, Cleveland’s Stipe Miocic defends the heavyweight belt against Alistair Overeem. In the co-main event, former champ Fabricio Werdum fights Ben Rothwell.