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CM Punk's Next Fight Probably Won't Be In UFC, Backlash Tonight; Title Changes Expected, More

CM Punk & Mickey Gall

- UFC 203 is in the books and it was a rough night for CM Punk. Mickey Gall handled him with ease, submitting him in a rear-naked choke at 2:14 in the first round. As for Punk’s future, I don’t see him fighting for UFC again anytime in the near future. Dana White told John Pollock that Punk probably shouldn’t have his next fight in the UFC. It’s a tough place to learn and we also should keep in mind that Punk is 37 years old. We’ve embedded Pollock’s interview with White in the video above. If there was a positive, it was the promo Punk cut after his loss, which was humble and motivational. You can watch it in its entirety below:

- Ultimately, Punk vs. Gall went just as we all expected. Gall is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu and Punk has never fought at any level. Punk wanted the opportunity to fight and Dana White gave him the opportunity based on Punk’s name value and ability to deliver pay-per-view buys. While Punk has trained for nearly two years, Gall has worked all his life to get where he is today. It just wasn’t a fair fight, it’s what most of us expected and it went down without any surprises.

- UFC 203 was a reminder just how nice it is that WWE pay-per-view events are only $9.99/month as the show bombed. UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic saved the night by knocking out Alistair Overeem in an entertaining main event but Werdum vs. Browne underwhelmed, Punk’s fight was a disaster and the other two pay-per-view fights were quickly forgettable. We have complete results available at this link. The post-fight press conference is available at this link.

- Luke Harper, Tyson Kidd, Matt Sydal, John Morrison, Matt Cross, Ace Steel, Cliff “Domino” Compton, Noelle Foley were all at UFC 203 in support of CM Punk. AJ Lee was obviously there as well.

- We’ll shift over to WWE Backlash, which takes place live tonight on the WWE Network from the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA. The following bouts are scheduled:

* Dean Ambrose vs. AJ Styles for the WWE Championship
* The Usos vs. The Hype Bros to qualify for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Tournament Final
* Winner of Usos/Hype Bros vs. Heath Slater & Rhyno for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
* Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
* Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Carmella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Nikki Bella in a six-pack elimination challenge for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship
* The Miz (w/Maryse) vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Intercontinental Championship

- The show will certainly be newsworthy as at the very least will get new champions for the inaugural belts but the plan as of last week was to put the WWE Championship on AJ Styles. Late into the weekend, Dolph Ziggler emerged as a favorite to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. We’ll follow the odds closely headed into the show and will have them for you late in the afternoon/evening. Make plans to join our WWE Backlash “Open Thread” featuring streaming live results and your discussion starting at 7:00 PM ET here at

- The Rome News Tribune is reporting that Colton Rood, the 19-year-old son of ”Ravishing” Rick Rude was killed last Saturday in a motorcycle accident. The person that hit him, Tonia Jo Rudd, was attempting to turn left into a driveway when she collided with his motorcycle. She is facing the criminal charge of a misdemeanor vehicular homicide as well as failure to yield and was being held in jail on a $2,600 bond.

- Tommy Dreamer was asked to sign a WWE contract and he rejected that opportunity due to prior commitments with charities and his House of Hardcore promotion. When he worked for WWE last year and the beginning of this year he did so without a contract.

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