Why C.M. Punk was granted a license to fight at UFC 203 on Saturday

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor

UFC 203 - C.M. Punk vs. Mickey Gall (September 10, 2016) (c) UFC

Heading into UFC 203 Saturday night in Cleveland, questions were raised about C.M. Punk’s eligibility to fight professionally in Ohio, per the state’s rules and regulations.

The executive director of the Ohio Athletic Commission cited Punk’s pro wrestling background and trusting UFC matchmaker Joe Silva putting together fights.

“C.M. Punk has a wrestling background similar to Brock Lesnar being permitted to fight in the past,” said executive Bernie Profato to MMAFighting.com.

“There was also confidence in the matchmaker from the UFC and the past bouts he has submitted in previous UFC events in Ohio.”

Although Punk does not have an amateur wrestling background like Lesnar, it appears that his background in some of wrestling helped him get cleared to fight against Mickey Gall on Saturday night.

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