UFC rookie Phil Brooks, more known as CM Punk, is insisting that he will be making his Octagon debut in 2016. The former WWE superstar was supposed to fight Mickey Gall in his UFC debut, but he had to go to surgery to repair a herniated disc.
CM Punk is still on recovery but said that he will be looking for ways to speed up his recovery. “I see the doctor tomorrow and I am going to talk to him to see about other extracurricular activities I can do to kind of speed this along,” Punk told The MMA Hour.
Back in 2015, he also suffered a shoulder injury that delayed his development. He trains under Duke Roufus of Roufusports in Milwaukee where former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and welterweight contender Tyron Woodley trains.
As for his fight with Gall, it was tentatively scheduled for UFC 199 before Punk’s injury. The 37-year-old Chicago-native wanted to fight at UFC 200, but it looks like he is not fit enough to fight in July. Instead, he’s setting his sights at the first UFC event in New York City to make his UFC debut.
“In my mind that card at the (Madison Square) Garden would be a nice second fight. But, I don’t know how realistic that is because, again, I don’t want to say things people are going to take to heart,” he said.
As mentioned in a previous report, the UFC is planning big things for its first event inside the world’s most famous arena. Adding CM Punk on the card would be a big draw because his fans would like to him win while his haters would love to see him get beat up.
However, he has a message for his haters regarding his debut. “Don’t worry haters, I’m going to fight and it’s going to be fucking fun and awesome and you are going to be real upset,” Punk said.
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