CM Punk on Undertaker, “Fight Island,” and his Blackhawks

The former WWE champ & current UFC welterweight talks about the “retirement” of The Undertaker, the creation of “Fight Island,” if being a pro wrestler or an MMA athlete is more punishing for the body, the Blackhawks qualifying for the NHL’s summer tournament, if he rather Chicago try for the Stanley Cup or tank to improve their chances of getting Alexis Lafrenière, the importance of the NHL returning to the Olympics, and his current projects.

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Mike Perry would welcome fight with ‘skinny, weak’ Nate Diaz

Fresh off a dominant win over Mickey Gall at the most recent UFC Fight Night event in Las Vegas, welterweight star “Platinum” Mike Perry is eyeing some much bigger fish going forward.

Perry is the type of fighter willing to scrap anyone at any time – he even has a budding rivalry with middleweight contender Darren Till – and said he would happily welcome a matchup with superstar Nate Diaz.

“I think he’s a skinny, weak, little (expletive), like Mickey Gall,” Perry told ESPN. “I respect what he’s done in this sport. He plays the guard game, jiu-jitsu, and (expletive). He thinks he can box with that little weak-ass punches that he’s got. Little salt and pepper punches. He doesn’t stand a chance to hit me hard enough.”

Perry debuted with the organization in 2016 at UFC 202, a card headlined by Diaz’s rematch with Conor McGregor.

Since then Perry has gone 7-6 with all his losses coming to top-level 170-pounders including ranked contenders Geoff Neal and Vincente Luque.

Meanwhile, Diaz has only fought twice since that event – he returned to beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 then lost to Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 244 this past November.

Perry has competed exclusively at welterweight and is considered one of the physically strongest athletes in the division where Diaz spent much of his career as a lightweight.

“I’d hit him on the feet, same way Jorge Masvidal did,” Perry said. “I’d play his guard. I’d get half guard, sit on top of him. It’d look exactly the same way the Mickey Gall did, to be honest with you. If you guys liked that fight, then yeah, you’ll probably like the Nate Diaz fight too because he’s a little more durable. He’ll probably try to stand

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ONE announces initial bouts for resumption in Thailand

MANILA, Philippines — ONE Championship has confirmed three initial fights for its scheduled return on July 31 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Headlining ONE: No Surrender is a showdown between longtime Thai rivals ONE flyweight Muay Thai world champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon and challenger Petchdam Petchyindee Academy.

Rodtang and Petcham will meet for the third time after splitting their first two matches in 2017 and 2018.

Another world title bout is on deck with Petchmorakot Petchyindee Academy defending his featherweight Muay Thai belt against Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex in the co-main event.

In a Super Series Kickboxing Superbout, Superbon Banchamek and Sittichai Sitsongpeenong will make their ONE debuts to complete their trilogy.

Superbon drew first blood in 2016 before Sittichai exacted revenge with a knockout victory in the rematch.

The Thailand card, which will be held without fans due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, will be ONE’s first staging of its flagship event since February.

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