CM Punk is closer to his UFC debut.
The former WWE superstar has been itching to fight inside the octagon since he signed with the company in December 2014. Punk suffered a left shoulder injury last fall during a training session at Duke Roufus' camp.
Punk is recovered and ready to fight. UFC President Dana White said this week that welterweight Mickey Gall would be Punk's first opponent should Gall defeat Michael Jackson at UFC 196 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas. No fight date has been announced.
Punk told The Associated Press on Friday he hoped the potential fight with Gall would take place at UFC 200 in July.
Punk has no opponent lined up should Gall lose his fight.