Former WWE superstar C.M. Punk could be set for his UFC debut in spring of 2016, according to his trainer, Duke Roufus.
C.M. Punk- real name Phil Brooks- announced at the end of 2014 that he was going to try his hand at mixed martial arts and that the sport’s most recognisable promotion, the UFC, would give him his debut. However, after nearly a year, and numerous contradictory rumours regarding his progress- or lack thereof- Brooks seems set to finally step into The Octagon sometime before summer 2016.
Speaking before UFC 193 in Melbourne, UFC president Dana White claimed:
“He’ll fight – I’m going to say before summer, probably before summer…Listen, he doesn’t have any fights yet, man, let him take his time and work his way in.”
Brooks’ has been training for his debut at Roufusport MMA which has trained champions like former UFC titleholder Anthony Pettis and current ONE FC welterweight Ben Askren. But as head coach Duke Roufus recently explained to ESPN, his progress has been stalled by a shoulder injury:
“He got caught in a scramble, so right now he’s taking a little time off.
“He was doing great before that. His progress has been good. He’s got a great attitude and he’s a hard worker. He got a place in Milwaukee where he lives all week when he’s here training, so he’s in it to win it.
“Our biggest thing is we want him to 101 percent before (we resume training). We don’t have a hard date for his fight to force the issue, so making sure he’s completely healthy is possible.”
Roufus went on to speculate that the much anticipated UFC 200 card could see the former wrestler make his high-profile debut.