MMA journalist Mike Bohn confirmed he had been able to play the game, and the rating of Punk stood out:
Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
Here's first image of @CMPunk from the new EA UFC 2 video game. His character was rated 85 out of 100 when I played. https://t.co/E6Ifqanpxk2016-1-11 22:25:47
Here’s a look at how the former WWE star’s character reportedly looks in the game, which is set to be released in March this year, per Chamatkar Sandhu of MMA Junkie:
Chamatkar Sandhu @SandhuMMA
First image of CM Punk in EA Sports UFC 2. https://t.co/mXO30PdxDp2016-1-11 22:28:13
Punk was widely anticipated to make his debut in the UFC in 2015 but injury scuppered any hopes of him doing so.
According to MMA Junkie, White is considering Mickey Gall, who has one fight and one win in professional MMA, as an opponent.
Gall seems keen to square off with the former professional wrestler, too, citing the UFC 200 showpiece as potentially the card on which to do so:
Mickey Gall @mickeygall
Hey @CMPunk. Hi. I am extremely free in July. You busy? Would love to welcome you to the mma world. #UFC200 @danawhite @ufc @lorenzofertitta2016-1-5 22:56:19
The cover stars for the video game are UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, who knocked out Jose Aldo in stunning style at UFC 194 last month, and Ronda Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion.
Punk rose to prominence during his time in the WWE, as he became the longest reigning champion of the modern era. The 37-year-old confirmed in 2014 he’d be trading professional wrestling for the Octagon.