Former WWE superstar CM Punk is signed by the UFC for about one and a half years already but he has not made his Octagon debut. According to the latest rumors, Punk is struggling to make the transition from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts fighting.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer (h/t What Culture) mentioned in his newsletter that the former WWE champion is progressing slowly in his training. He is trained under Duke Roufus of Roufusports in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Even though his live sparring sessions are impressive, many MMA fighters and coaches believe that he will quickly lose to Mickey Gall, who has been Punk’s scheduled debut opponent sometime later this year.
Meltzer also noted that the UFC have stopped the emphasizing the hype around CM Punk. He was supposed to face Gall at UFC 199 on June 4, but he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc.
The talk on his UFC debut has also died down and there seems to be no filming of an FS 1 reality show about the buildup of his first fight. He will be turning 38 later this year which could also be a factor about his MMA future.
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Nonetheless, the Chicago native is insisting in all of his interviews that he will be making his UFC debut before 2016 ends. In an interview The MMA Hour, Punk said that he wants his first fight to be held at UFC 205 at the Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“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,” Punk said.
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