The UFC signed CM Punk in December of 2014, and a year later, the WWE Superstar has yet to even set a timetable for a possible debut. Dana White spoke to Off the Record about the popular 37-year-old, and promises that he will debut in 2016.
"I didn't know. It was the first time this guy has ever trained," White said when asked if he thought CM Punk would fight within the year of his signing. "The guy has never wrestled. He professional wrestled, but he never wrestled."
"He will fight next year, 100 percent," he said.
The UFC president also revealed that they are currently looking for an opponent for the former pro-wrestler and it will likely come from a show they're producing.
"I just started a new show, the pilot is on YouTube, it's called Dana White: Looking for a Fight, and I'm actually out looking for opponents for CM Punk right now."
The web series features White and Matt Serra traveling around the country attending regional events to scout shows. The first episode (which you can watch here) was where the UFC first discovered, signed and marketed one of their current high profile prospects in Sage Northcutt.