Both fans and athletes have been very polar on Phil Brooks, better known as the former WWE star, CM Punk, getting his first professional mixed martial arts fight in the UFC.
There have been many hating on the fact that CM Punk was able to fight for the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world for his first fight on account of his success and stardom from professional wrestling. Then on the opposite end of the spectrum, there are those that have welcomed the former WWE star to the Octagon knowing it would bring new fans over to the sport of mixed martial arts.
With getting outclassed in his first fight against Mickey Gall at UFC 203, it is still unclear if Punk will get another shot in the UFC Octagon. According to his coach Duke Roufus, it could surely be a possibility.
“It’s great, personalities drive this sport,” Roufus told MMA Fighting. “He’s going to get better. Obviously, he didn’t perform the way we wanted to perform. We had some things he was doing really well with, he just didn’t happen. It’s just going to take time. But the great thing is he has an incredible attitude, and he’s very thankful for the opportunities. He’s getting better, he’s back in training and right after this fight I’ll picking up big time with him.”
Roufus said that he thinks Punk could get back to competition soon, estimating four or five months and says that it all depends on Dana White and his plans.
“Yeah, definitely, I believe he and Dana are talking,” he said. “I just talked to Punk on Monday before that, and things are looking hopeful. I can’t say yes or no, but they’re looking hopeful. We’re going to see. Dana’s always got a good recipe of what he’s going to create, and what’s best for the sport, and what’s best for Punk and everyone else.”
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