UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta recently spoke with ESPN.com and commented on CM Punk’s debut in The Octagon
Fertitta promised Punk’s UFC debut will come against someone “competitive” and said it will probably be a pay-per-view co-main event.
Fertitta said they will most likely go outside of the promotion for Punk’s first opponent but it’s going to be left up to UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. Fertitta said:
“But I’m going to defer to Joe Silva. We’ll let him bring two to three names to the table and we’ll figure it out from there. But I guarantee you it will be a competitive guy.”
Fertitta commented on the type of opponent he sees for Punk’s first fight:
“I think it has to be somebody with some level of credentials. It’s not just going to be some guy off the street. It’s going to be somebody who is a professional mixed martial artist — certainly somebody who MMA media will recognize and know.”