Longest reigning WWE Champion, CM Punk has his second UFC appearance against Mike Jackson on June 9, 2018 from the United Center in Chicago at UFC 225. With less than three weeks before his second match inside The Octagon, Punk is set to appear in court for his trial with WWE physician Chris Amann, according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio.
“He’s got that [WWE lawsuit], remember he’s going to trial on the 21st [of May],” Meltzer said. “Unless there’s a delay, yeah May 21st. He should not be fighting, should he? He may ask for a delay. In the middle of a lawsuit, three weeks from a fight, and that’s a lawsuit where he’s going to be cross-examined and gonna testify in. No, that’s a bad deal. Yeah, he’s going to have to get that thing delayed past June 9.”
In November, 2014, Punk appeared on his good friend Colt Cabana’s podcast and alleged for being mistreated for a back injury and a concussion by WWE’s Dr. Chris Amann. The Voice of the Voiceless said that he felt WWE was pressuring and rushing him to wrestle before he had fully recovered. According to Punk, he found a lump on his back in November 2013 and it was diagnosed as a fatty deposit by Dr. Chris Amann, who refused to remove it despite Punk’s requests. Later on, Amann filed a lawsuit against the Punk and Cabana for the comments they made and it seems like the two sides failed to settle out of court. Cabana (who’s also being sued) appeared on The LAW in October, 2017 and spoke about the lawsuit.
“The update is that it’s still going on, it’s costing me a lot of money, and that’s the extent that my lawyers will allow me to talk,” Cabana said. “So nothing breaking here, but just do know that it’s always on my mind, it’s always a very sad thing. And I’ve talked to other podcasters … it’s kind of changed the way that things work and realizing this is a reality that you can host a show and get sued for it.”
Phillip Jack Brooks, better known by his ring name CM Punk, currently holds the record for the longest reigning WWE Champion of The Modern Era at 434 days. Punk left WWE in 2014 after the Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View and announced at UFC 181 (December 6, 2014) that he had signed a multi-fight contract with UFC. He made his UFC debut on September 10, 2016 against Mickey Gall at UFC 203. The Second City Saint lost his debut via rear-naked choke. Mike Jackson, who also sports an UFC record of 0-1, lost to Gall on his debut in 2016. With Punk and Jackson both having their UFC carriers on the line, it’s a must win situation for both at UFC 225.