If you recall, the original plan was for CM Punk to make his UFC debut later this year. But, as the former pro-wrestling star continues to hone his skills, it sounds like he wouldn’t mind pushing that date back a little bit.
Punk, or Phil Brooks, has been preparing for his MMA debut at the renowned, Roufusport gym in Milwaukee. The team’s head coach, Duke Roufus, has said he’d like to train Brooks for a year, before the aspiring fighter gets into the Octagon for the first time. Punk started training with the team in early 2015.
“I’m super OK with it if my accountant is,” Punk said. “I know Duke has told me, and I think he’s been public with it, that he would like a full 12 months before he signed off on me fighting. I’ve had zero talks with Dana (White) or Lorenzo (Fertitta) or Joe Silva – anybody – about an opponent, about a date. I’m thankful for that because there’s zero pressure on that, too.
“I think a lot of people are antsy. They’re saying on Twitter, ‘Ah, you’re never going to fight.’ This was just announced in what? November? December? I’ve been training full-time for like six months. As bad as I have the itch to get in there, like I said, I want to be as prepared as I possibly can be. I wouldn’t be upset if it got pushed into 2016.”
There you go. So, unless the UFC is really anxious to have Punk get in the cage, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t happen until next year. Really, it could be the right move for Brooks. After all, since he’s never fought in a MMA bout, having a couple more months to prepare sounds like a pretty good idea no?