Regardless of whether or not Phil “CM Punk” Brooks ever steps foot inside the Octagon to actually compete, the UFC will have earned a return on their investment.

Recently, Punk confirmed that he’ll be sidelined and forced to postpone a planned debut fight vs. Mickey Gall due to back surgery. After years of competing inside the squared circle with the WWE and various other pro wrestling promotions, the wear and tear is obvious on the body of the 37-year-old.

Many have questioned if the Chicagoan will ever make it to his first actual mixed martial arts fight for the biggest promotion in the world.

But does it really matter at this point?

When you break it down, the answer is no, it doesn’t matter if Punk puts on the Reebok fighter outfit and squares off with Gall or anyone else.

He’s created news.

He’s created headlines.

He’s created interest.

When UFC officials opened into negotiations with Punk following his departure from the WWE, they weren’t looking to groom a future champion – or likely even a contender at this stage of his career.

No, they were looking to “move the needle.” That’s what “The Cult of Personality” has always been about.

I’ll admit my interest in pro wrestling faded several years back, but when others started talking about this “CM Punk” guy and what he brought to sports entertainment, I found myself googling his name, checking You Tube for his old matches and scouring Twitter to find out more.

He’s definitely an enigma, but he’s always been that.

Punk, who’s admitted he prefers to go by his former stage name compared to his birth one, does have skills. His background is in kempo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and he’s been training for almost a year now with the incredible array of talent in Milwaukee at Roufusport.

So, will we get to see CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall or somebody else before the door closes on his career? Only time will tell.

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Dana Becker
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Dana Becker is an MMA reporter for The MMA Corner. Along with covering the sport, Dana is also a sports writer for a daily newspaper in Iowa, where he lives with his wife and two sons.