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Morning Report: Dana White looking to book CM Punk against 'a guy who is 1-0, 1-1, 2-1'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

We don't know why, when, what weight or against who, but CM Punk sure will fight in the UFC.

The why (money), when (mid 2015), weight (185 pounds), where (Chicago, Illinois) can all sort of be deduced, but who the former WWE superstar will face in the Octagon is a much more interesting question.

UFC fighters in nearly every weight class have gone to work calling out the 36-year-old pro wrestler on Twitter, but they're wasting their breath.

According to UFC president Dana White, Punk's future opponent likely doesn't even have a Wikipedia page at the moment.

"[CM Punk] wanted to fight here," White told ESPN.com. "He wanted to give it a shot, so we gave him an opportunity. It's not like Brock Lesnar. We're not going to throw the kitchen sink at him. Lesnar had a wrestling background. [CM Punk] is going to fight a guy who is 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 -- something like that."

Paying to watch a fight between two men with a combined record of 1-0. Sounds like a plan.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

In case you hadn't heard. CM Punk discusses his decision to leave WWE for UFC, his MMA debut, critics and more.

Post show. Ariel Helwani, Dave Doyle and Chuck Mindenhall break down the top storylines coming out of UFC 181, including the signing of CM Punk.

'The trilogy wouldn't be a bad idea.' Dana White sounds noncommittal over Rory MacDonald's welterweight title shot after Robbie Lawler defeated Johny Hendricks at UFC 181.

Sub via eye poke. Francisco Rivera says he will appeal his submission loss to Urijah Faber at UFC 181.

'It's the minimum we can do.' Wanderlei Silva says he wants to help young UFC fighters who could stand to lose money on the UFC's new uniform deal Reebok.

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MEDIA STEW

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Octagon interviews with Robbie Lawler and Anthony Pettis.

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Highlights from Hendricks vs. Lawler and Pettis vs. Melendez.

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Dana White talks UFC 181 and CM Punk.

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UFC 181 post-fight press conference highlights. (Full presser here)

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Highlights from RFA 21.

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Too bad the CM Punk news came out the next day.

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Long watches.

Renato Laranja Show: Episode 5 with Frank Shamrock

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UFC and Reebok cut a deal MMA Tete-A-Tete

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UFC 181: Fight Club Q&A with T.J. Dillashaw

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to Robbie Lawler winning the UFC welterweight title and the promotion's signing of CM Punk.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

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More reactions and call outs.

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Congrats.

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Book it.

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Damn.

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Even more Askren.

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Singing Meathead.

Dearest @gonzagabjj this song made me think of you. In just 6 short days I'll find out! #ufconfox13 @ufc #Team2Ton

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Dec. 5-7 2014)

Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle at UFC on FOX 14

Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery at UFC on FOX 14

Melvin Manhoef vs. Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 133

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via neonfish.

CM Punk - It's clobbering time

First off, I have to admit that I've been a Wwe fan growing up in the 90s and watched some of it ‘on and off' for the last few years. One of the storylines that kept me hooked was witnessing the ascension of CM Punk from Ring Of Honor almost a decade ago to the big leagues of professional wrestling. Here was a guy that nobody thought was going to make it to the Wwe let alone be one of their major players and yet against all odds and conventional business sense CM Punk rose up the ranks to reach the proverbial mountain top and finally get his due under the bright lights of the entertainment circus managed by Vince McMahon.

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