It’s going to be a long wait before mixed martial arts fans see Phil “CM Punk” Brooks make his UFC debut.
According to his coach, Duke Roufus, the former professional wrestler “tweaked” his shoulder during a scramble in training at the Roufusport Academy in Wisconsin.
“He got caught in a scramble, so right now he’s taking a little time off,” according to Roufus. As reported by ESPN.com. “He’s 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. We don’t have a hard date for his fight to force the issue, so making sure he’s completely healthy is possible.”
The same injury has slowed down Brooks the past several weeks, and admittedly, Roufus said he will not allow him to get back into action until he’s completely healed.
Roufus also commented on when he thinks the former World Wrestling Entertainment champion will set foot inside the Octagon.
“The UFC will probably book him a fight three to four months in advance — a guy of his magnitude,” he said. “We’re probably looking at a fight in the next six to 10 months.” For now, Roufus believes the shoulder issue may have set them back just one month, but they won’t know for certain until he is fully capable of getting back into action.
Roufus added that Brooks is scheduled to see a physician on October 14.
It can be recalled that Brooks signed a deal December of last year to see action in the UFC. This was met by criticisms by fans and fighters alike because of his non-existent experience in mixed martial arts.
As far as making his UFC debut is concerned, Roufus said, depending on how Brooks’ injury heals, plunging into action next summer is a big possibility.
“The injury throws us back one month. We had a ballpark. We were looking at mid-to late spring. Now, we’ll just have to see how he comes back from the injury.”