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Report: AEW's CM Punk Retires From MMA

Punk is done with MMA following his return to wrestling

CM Punk's MMA career has reportedly come to an end. 

According to MMA Fighting, Punk told UFC that he had retired from mixed martial arts and UFC have since confirmed Punk's retirement to the news outlet. 

Punk informed the MMA company of his retirement earlier this year ahead of his return to professional wrestling in AEW. 

Punk hasn't fought in UFC since 2018 when he lost by unanimous decision to Mike Jackson at UFC 225. That loss was changed to a no-contest earlier this year after Jackson tested positive for marijuana. 

Punk remained enrolled in UFC's anti-doping programme throughout 2020 and he was tested six times by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The Straight Edge Superstar wasn't tested in 2021, though, following his retirement. 

Punk initially signed with UFC on a multi-fight deal in December 2014 and he would compete for the first time in September 2016 against Mickey Gall. Gall picked up the win after two minutes by submission. 

Following his second bout against Mike Jackson in 2018, Punk transitioned to a commentary role and he has commentated on Cage Fury Fighting Championships fights ever since. 

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