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CM Punk's MMA License Controversy

Combat Sports Law has an article on the process of CM Punk being licensed for his fight against Mickey Gall on Saturday. The Ohio Athletic Commission requires that fighters have participated in a minimum of five amateur bouts with a winning record, and the article surmises that Punk must have been granted a waiver to fight.

Bernie Profato, the Executive Director of Ohio’s commission, responded to an inquiry from MMAFighting about the situation: "CM Punk has a wrestling background similar to Brock Lesnar being permitted to fight in the past."

He also noted that the commission has confidence in the UFC's matchmaker because of previous bouts the promotion had submitted in the state.


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The Last Battle of Atlanta was uploaded to the WWE Network as part of a Hidden Gems collection this morning. It is a notoriously bloody cage match between Buzz Sawyer and Tommy Rich long thought to not have been taped. The full list of uploads for the collection is available here.

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